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Science 'should blaze a trail' in China's development
October 25, 2008 09:04 AM - , SciDevNet

Science must take the lead role in economic development, says Chinese premier Wen, in an interview with Bruce Alberts in Science. The former professional geologist also shares his experience of dealing with the Wenchuan earthquake, in which 80,000 people were rescued from the rubble, and the tainted milk crisis.

Indian government accused of 'gaps' in GM trial regulation
October 23, 2008 10:02 AM - , SciDevNet

[NEW DELHI] The Indian government has drawn criticism from civil society organisations over gaps in regulating trials and safety data on genetically modified (GM) crops in recent months. The international nongovernmenal organisation Greenpeace told reporters last week (15 October) that India's monitoring and enforcement of GM crop trials "are in shambles". They say state governments often have no knowledge of field trials being conducted and biosafety tests are being increasingly outsourced to private firms, with no evidence of government oversight.

WHO climate research agenda will make health count
October 22, 2008 10:09 AM - , SciDevNet

The WHO's new research agenda for climate change and health is a welcome effort towards making health considerations count for more in a post-Kyoto world, says an editorial in The Lancet.

GM crops deserve more reasoned debate
October 20, 2008 10:24 AM - , SciDevNet

The World Bank recently estimated that a doubling of food prices over the last three years could push 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. And the future does not look brighter. Food prices, although likely to fall from their current peaks, are predicted to remain high over the next decade.

Researchers find new use for biomass
October 15, 2008 09:36 AM - , SciDevNet

A China—US team has developed a new catalyst to directly convert cellulose, the most common form of biomass, into a useful chemical.

Biotechnology 'no cure-all' for food insecurity
October 7, 2008 09:44 AM - , SciDevNet

[NAIROBI] Biotechnology is no panacea to the food insecurity and poverty problems in Africa and other developing countries, warned scientists at the first All Africa Congress on Biotechnology in Nairobi, Kenya, this week (23 September). "This is no silver bullet to the food insecurity in Africa and the rest of the developing world, but it must be looked at as one of the most important tools that will contribute to increased food production and thus, poverty reduction," said Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.

US$4.6 million bonus to broaden global health network
October 2, 2008 12:39 PM - , SciDevNet

A Mexican institute and a Chinese university are among those receiving funding as part of the expanded Framework Programs for Global Health initiative of the Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health.

Trade and climate policies must be linked post-2012
October 2, 2008 07:51 AM - , SciDevNet

China is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, decades earlier than many predicted. Chinese emissions are often viewed as a Chinese production problem, but the role of spiraling consumption in rich nations should not be underestimated. One third of China's territorial emissions come from producing exports.

Small island states must lead by example
October 1, 2008 09:24 AM - , SciDevNet

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute less than 0.02 per cent to the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions but they are among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. Many SIDS cannot cope with the consequences of rising sea levels and damage from more frequent storms, floods and stronger cyclones caused by global warming.

Innovative development projects receive awards
September 24, 2008 09:02 AM - Brett Cherry, SciDevNet

Innovators from developing countries have been honoured by The Tech Museum of Innovation in the United States.

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