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Mexican mangroves 'vital for fishing industry'
July 25, 2008 11:25 AM - , SciDevNet
Researchers have shown that the abundance of Mexican mangroves has a direct effect on the health of the fishing industry and the local economy. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analysed 13 regions in four states — Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora — in Mexico's Gulf of California.
Nanotech risk concerns 'must be addressed'
July 23, 2008 10:41 AM - , SciDevNet
More risk assessment studies are needed to understand what exactly defines toxicity due to nanoparticles, and what kind of regulations the sector needs, said Hermann Stamm, head of nanotechnology and molecular imaging at the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection in the European Commission's Joint Research Council.
Training tree fellers helps cut carbon emissions
July 23, 2008 08:58 AM - , SciDevNet
Improved management of tropical forests can substantially reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and should be given high priority in negotiations for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change agreement, write Francis E. Putz and colleagues in PLoS Biology.
Brazil harnesses space tech to monitor deforestation
July 22, 2008 11:40 AM - , SciDevNet
Brazil will launch a satellite in 2011 to monitor deforestation and urban expansion around the world, it has been announced. Amazônia-1 will carry a UK-made high resolution camera. The United Kingdom—Brazil collaboration was announced last week (14 July) at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science.
Snubbing of local journals skews research
July 21, 2008 11:59 AM - , SciDevNet
Researchers' preference for publishing in globally recognised journals is skewing the direction of scientific inquiry away from local research, writes Priya Shetty in New Scientist. In areas such as healthcare, agriculture and the environment it leads them to prioritise global research that may not meet the needs of individual countries. The problem stems from the vicious circle in which local developing country journals find themselves trapped: because researchers see little value in publishing in them, they lack the high-quality papers required to attract authors.
UAE academy to tackle regional water shortages
July 21, 2008 11:12 AM - , SciDevNet
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched an Arab Water Academy (AWA) to tackle water shortages in the region that will increase as a result of climate change.
Human rights a 'compass' for climate change policies
July 21, 2008 09:08 AM - , SciDevNet
Human rights can be a "compass" to guide research and policy development for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, according to a report.
Laos sunshine turns villagers green
July 16, 2008 12:11 PM - , SciDevNet
Only 48 per cent of Laotians are connected to the electrical grid. Access to electricity is limited due to lack of infrastructure and high costs so most rural communities rely on environmentally unfriendly energy sources, such as firewood and kerosene. Solar-powered systems are a logical alternative but start-up costs are high.
Q&A: Open archives — the alternative to open access
July 15, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet
Padmanabhan Balaram, director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India and editor of India's leading science journal, Current Science, tells K. S. Jayaraman why he favours 'open archives' as the way forward for scientific publishing.
It's a long road to a H5N1 vaccine stockpile
July 15, 2008 09:02 AM - , SciDevNet
Several measures must be put in place to ensure an adequate vaccine stockpile in the event of a H5N1 avian influenza pandemic, write Tadataka Yamada, Alice Dautry and Mark Walport in Nature. H5N1 could kill up to 80 million people, according to recent data models — with 95 per cent of deaths in the developing world.