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.

Offsetting Bush's Green Legacy: Advice for No. 44
November 4, 2008 09:29 AM - Time

There is no shortage of people eager to see President George W. Bush hit the road — his approval rating hovers at 25% — but few will celebrate the end of the Bush era more than environmentalists.

California Sets Up Toxic Chemicals Registry
November 3, 2008 10:53 AM - , BuildingGreen

Under two new laws, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has until 2011 to develop a process for identifying and evaluating potentially dangerous chemicals and to set up a searchable online database where consumers can find information on chemicals.

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.

Canada keeps asbestos off trade blacklist: MP
October 30, 2008 09:58 AM - Reuters

Asbestos, the highly toxic fire retarding mineral, will not be placed on a global blacklist and will be freely traded for at least the next three years, a Canadian parliamentarian said on Thursday. Pressure from major producer Canada and several developing country importers will prevent diplomats meeting in Rome this week from adding chrysotile asbestos to a list of substances recognized as particularly hazardous, Pat Martin told Reuters.

Many pesticides in EU may damage human brain: study
October 24, 2008 09:28 AM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

Many pesticides used in the European Union may damage brain growth in fetuses and young children, according to a study published on Friday. The study urged the European Union to tighten restrictions.

Organic Farming 'Could Feed Africa'
October 23, 2008 09:41 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades, according to a major study from the United Nations to be presented today.

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.

Pacific hit by dengue 'pandemic'
October 16, 2008 09:47 AM -

APIA, SAMOA - A tiny harmless mosquito lands on its human prey in a small Pacific nation and begins to feast on their blood. If lucky, they will suffer just an itchy bite but there's also the danger they could be struck down with debilitating dengue fever - and this year's outbreak could be the worst ever.

What the Chemical Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Everyday Products
October 14, 2008 09:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The global chemical industry annually produces about 6 billion pounds of bisphenol A (BPA), an integral component of a vast array of plastic products, generating at least $6 billion in annual sales.

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