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Indonesia eyes regional role with tsunami warning system
December 4, 2008 09:07 AM - , SciDevNet

[JAKARTA] Indonesia has launched its Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) and hopes to become the Indian Ocean tsunami warning provider by 2011. The new system can warn of an impending tsunami within five minutes of an earthquake and uses new technologies that differ from previous systems, according to its developers.

Monitoring carbon storage 'more effective than closing power plants'
December 3, 2008 08:59 AM - , SciDevNet

[NAIROBI] Using existing technologies to monitor carbon storage in developing country landscapes could save more carbon than closing 1400 coal-burning power plants, according to new research by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The study will be presented in Poznan, Poland, at the Conference of the Parties (COP 14), an international gathering of experts working to ensure the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) effectively and fairly discourages activities that boost harmful emissions.

Key African countries 'not keeping health research promises'
November 18, 2008 07:49 AM - , SciDevNet

[BAMAKO] Several key African countries have done "very little" to invest in health research since pledging to do so at a world meeting of health and science ministers in Mexico four years ago, say critics. But others – including Tanzania, Rwanda and Mali – have made significant progress in investing in their health research.

Physics can help fuel economic growth
November 13, 2008 09:16 AM - , SciDevNet

Developing countries need a broad-based capacity in physics to achieve sustainable economic growth, says Reza Mansouri in aNature supplement published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of TWAS, the academy of sciences in the developing world.

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.

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