Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, November 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Wheat producing countries on alert over damaging fungus

A United Nations-backed conference of major wheat producing countries has concluded with a call for urgent international action prevent and control a dangerous fungus that can cause heavy damage to wheat crops and threatens food security.

Thursday, November 6th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

UNCTAD calls for better accounting and reporting standards

The head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) called for revising accounting and reporting standards to boost investor confidence amid the current global financial crisis, which he warned is spreading like a “pandemic.”

Monday, November 3rd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Prince Charles: rich countries should pay annual “utility bill”

HRH preaching one of his dearest environmental causes

Britain's Prince Charles has called for rich countries to pay an annual “utility bill” for the benefits given to the world by its rainforests. Speaking in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the prince called rainforests the “world's greatest public utility”. They act as an air conditioner, store fresh water and provide work, he said.

Saturday, November 1st 2008 - 20:00 UTC

China says melamine scandal extends to food supply

China today announced more precise standards for milk

The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media has reported. Correspondents say the unusually frank reports in several news outlets are an admission that contamination could be widespread throughout the food chain.

Thursday, October 30th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Rise of methane gas in atmosphere puzzles scientists

The amount of methane in Earth's atmosphere shot up in 2007, bringing to an end a period of about a decade in which atmospheric levels of the potent greenhouse gas were essentially stable, according to a team led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.

Wednesday, October 29th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

WWW warns about incoming “ecological credit crunch”

Human demands on the world's resources are nearly a third more than what the earth can sustain, setting the stage for an “ecological credit crunch,” says a new report. The WWF's 2008 Living Planet Report, which offers a summery of the planet's health, says future generations will face a “crunch” if humans continue to amass an ecological deficit.

Sunday, October 26th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Global warning: New gases worry scientists

New dangers for the ozone layer

Carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas that worries climate scientists. Airborne levels of two other potent gases _ one from ancient plants, the other from flat-panel screen technology _ are on the rise, too. And that has scientists wondering about accelerated global warming.

Friday, October 24th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Lightning kills 52 cattle during storm in Uruguayan farm

52 dead animals were found next to the fence

A lightning killed 52 steers during an electric night storm earlier this week in a Uruguayan farm in San Jose, approximately a hundred kilometres from the capital Montevideo. Apparently the open range cattle were stunned to death as the lightning struck a metal fence.

Thursday, October 23rd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Asbestos on watch list of hazardous substances says FAO

Ministers and officials will decide whether to add three hazardous chemicals – including the world's most widely used form of asbestos – to a trade “watch list” under a United Nations-backed treaty, aimed at helping developing countries more effectively manage potentially harmful imported substances.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

UN preparing map of underground fresh water resources

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO will publish the first-ever world map of underground aquifers, which account for some 96 per cent of global freshwater resources, the agency announced in a press release today.

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