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Sanitation 'crucial' for tackling water-borne disease
July 2, 2008 09:57 AM - , SciDevNet

Effective and affordable interventions that provide the global population with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are needed if water-borne diseases are ever to be controlled, says a WHO report entitled 'Safe Water, Better Health', released last week (26 June).

Science communicators rise to climate challenge
July 2, 2008 09:53 AM - , SciDevNet

Science communicators from around the world have devised recommendations to put forward to the UN for better communicating climate change impacts and mitigation methods.

Southern collaboration 'key to adaptation', says climate scientist
June 16, 2008 09:31 AM - , SciDevNet

Adapting to climate change — unlike mitigating it — will succeed in developing countries only by sharing local understanding and knowledge with other low-income nations. These were the words of a leading climate scientist speaking at a Commonwealth Foundation briefing on climate change and health in London, United Kingdom, this week (11 June).

UN roadmap paves way for curbing biopiracy
June 13, 2008 10:18 AM - , SciDevNet

Countries have agreed a roadmap for negotiating an agreement for the sharing of genetic resources, following a UN biodiversity conference. The two-week conference in Bonn, Germany, ended last month (30 May) with renewed promises from countries to substantially reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

Take biofuel crops off the land and grow them at sea
June 6, 2008 09:47 AM - , SciDevNet

The environmental and social costs of producing biofuels on land can be avoided by farming seaweed, says Ricardo Radulovich. The dream of tackling climate change with biofuels has been tarnished by the rush to produce them on land.

Researchers boost yields of rice-waste biofuel
June 3, 2008 09:57 AM - , SciDevNet

Chinese scientists have developed a new method that dramatically increases the yield of a clean biogas fuel from rice straw. China is the world's largest rice producer and the industry results in 230 million tonnes a year of surplus rice 'straw' — the stem and leaves left behind after harvesting. Farmers often burn the straw, increasing pollution and carbon dioxide emissions (see Stalk burning fuels China pollution woes).

Climate change 'will cost Andes US$30 billion'
May 23, 2008 08:20 AM - , SciDevNet

Climate change could cost Andean countries US$30 billion per year by 2025, according to a study. The study was commissioned by the Andean Community of Nations and carried out by the Peruvian University of the Pacific, with the support of specialists from Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Mixed feelings for Pakistan environmental assessments
May 21, 2008 09:25 AM - , SciDevNet

The practice of carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports is gaining ground in Pakistan, experts say, although questions about their quality remain. EIAs evaluate the biological, cultural, socioeconomic and environmental impacts of projects on the environment.

Climate change having 'worldwide, widespread effects'
May 20, 2008 08:38 AM - , SciDevNet

[BEIJING] Many physical and ecological systems are being affected by the world's warming climate, researchers say. Scientists from across the world applied statistical models to published data on changes in 829 physical systems and around 28,800 plant and animal systems —on both global and continental scales — some with data going back to 1970.

Agri-biotech firms committing 'intellectual property grab'
May 19, 2008 09:05 AM - , SciDevNet

Some of the world's major agri-biotech companies are applying for hundreds of patents on genetically engineered 'climate crops', carrying out what amounts to an "intellectual property grab" in the lucrative market, according to a recent report. About 530 patents have been applied for worldwide, with a few dozen granted and hundreds pending. They include traits such as drought, flooding, high salt level, high temperatures and ultraviolet radiation — all of which endanger food security.

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