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Pakistan to launch fisheries 'megaprojects'
November 11, 2008 09:21 AM - , SciDevNet

[LAHORE] Research into marine fisheries will form part of a plan to improve Pakistan's fisheries sector, following a ban on its exports by the European Union (EU) in February 2007. The ban was imposed when EU inspectors observed that offshore fishing and onshore handling of the catch was conducted in an unhygienic way.

Indian temperature rise 'will exceed projected rainfall'
November 7, 2008 08:26 AM - , SciDevNet

(NEW DELHI) One of India's leading climate change scientists says the country needs to address the impact of climate change on its agriculture, water resources and health "right away", as projected temperature rise will far exceed the increase in rainfall by the end of the century.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Attorney General launched an ethics code on Thursday that seeks to fight dirty business in the state's emerging wind power farm business.
October 31, 2008 10:57 AM - , SciDevNet

Rooting international strategies in sound science means reviewing the role played by the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in enabling science and technology (S&T) to inform foreign policy, and overhauling the government's Agency for International Development (USAID).

HIV awareness goes mobile
October 30, 2008 10:42 AM - , SciDevNet

Text messages will be sent to mobile phones in South Africa to encourage people to be tested and treated for HIV/AIDS.

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.

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