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Nanoscale water treatment needs innovative engineering
May 7, 2009 10:36 AM - Ashok Raichur, SciDevNet

The fast-evolving world of nanotechnology captivates researchers in fields ranging from health and nutrition to agriculture and environment. In particular, many developing countries are investigating how nanotechnology might improve access to clean water. But making the leap to commercial applications is complicated and is still a distant goal for most developing countries. Just producing nanomaterials in quantities large enough for industrial applications is challenging and can be expensive.

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Dryland development needs science and sustainability
April 30, 2009 10:31 AM - Elena María Abraham, SciDevNet

Dryland ecosystems, which cover one third of the world's land area, are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation, inappropriate land use and, consequently, land degradation and desertification. Sustainably developing drylands means balancing local knowledge, science and conflicting demands, says Elena María Abraham.

World's major rivers 'drying up'
April 22, 2009 03:26 PM - Katherine Nightingale, SciDevNet

Some of the developing world's largest rivers are drying up because of climate change, threatening water supplies in some of the most populous places on Earth, say scientists.

GM crops and the Gene Giants: Bad news for farmers
April 17, 2009 08:29 AM - Kathy Jo Wetter and Hope Shand, SciDevNet

The global North's super-sized carbon footprint has already trampled the South's farmers, most recently in the form of energy crop plantations, which have been directly responsible for deforestation and farmer evictions in some developing countries, includingIndonesia and Tanzania. Now the world's largest seed and agrochemical corporations are stockpiling hundreds of monopoly patents on genes in crops genetically engineered to withstand the environmental stresses associated with climate change, such as drought, heat, cold, floods and saline soils.

Long-term solutions needed to feed the world's poor
April 17, 2009 08:23 AM - David Dickson, SciDevNet

More agricultural research funding and a farmer-centred approach to boosting food production are needed to prevent future food emergencies.

New formula for US-South research funding
April 13, 2009 08:47 AM - Sharon Davis, SciDevNet

North–South agricultural research partnerships will gain another source of funding thanks to a new partnership in which the country's National Science Foundation (NSF) can get involved in collaboration with developing-country scientists.

Debate erupts over effects of climate change on disease
April 13, 2009 08:37 AM - Katherine Nightingale, SciDevNet

The commonly-held view that climate change can only increase the burden of infectious diseases has been challenged — provoking a debate that could ripple out to health professionals, conservationists and policymakers.

Improving the rules on carbon projects
April 8, 2009 10:01 AM - ZhongXiang Zhang, SciDevNet

Climate negotiations must promote capacity building, not impose quotas, if all developing countries are to benefit from the Clean Development Mechanism, argues ZhongXiang Zhang.

Soaps and detergents 'could help tackle bird flu'
April 8, 2009 09:50 AM - A. A. Khan, SciDevNet

Commercially available soaps and detergents could kill the bird flu virus that causes extensive damage to poultry and can infect humans, scientists in Pakistan report.

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