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Living with water scarcity -- world must act now

...tems. How much more water? To rid the world of poverty and hunger, and to feed a growing wealthier popula... And we need to place the means of getting out of poverty into the hands of poor people by focusing on water as a means to raise their own food and gain more ...

Public Library of Science to launch new, open access journal on neglected tropical diseases

...ucational development, and result in suffering and poverty by causing lifelong disabilities, disfigurement, and social stigma. More information on neglected tropical diseases is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020336 . ...

A new tool against brain disease

...e fact that these patients in Africa are living in poverty and in rural areas, it is easier for us to obtain their cooperation in such studies than with patients in the United States. "It was with the key support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine that we ...

How HIV 'exhausts' killer T cells

...e fact that these patients in Africa are living in poverty and in rural areas, it is easier for us to obtain their cooperation in such studies than with patients in the United States. "It was with the key support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine that we ...

Bt cotton in China fails to reap profit after seven years

...rize laureate. Bt cotton, he said, can help reduce poverty and undernourishment problems in developing countries if properly used. The study - the first to look at the longer term economic impact of Bt cotton - found that by year three, farmers in the survey who had planted Bt cotton cut pesticide use by mo...

Genomics-based vaccine could prevent deadly cattle disease

...ever destroys the small farmer's dream of escaping poverty in Africa. Killing more than a million cattle and costing some $200 million annually, this tick-borne disease rages across a dozen countries in eastern and central Africa. Now, an international team of scientists has taken the first major step toward...

Spousal illness can trigger partner death

...authors considered how age, race, and the level of poverty modified the mortality risk of a having a sick spouse. For women, the effect of a husband's hospitalization increased with age and the level of poverty. For men, the effect of a wife's hospitalization increased only with age. Although illness and de...

World's pledge to halve hunger by 2015 looks like empty promise

...y or less, he says. Although China has reduced its poverty levels, hunger worldwide has grown in more than ha...s of 25 international conferences addressing world poverty to assess progress toward the Millennium goals. "They all discussed the goals and targets, but very ...

Protecting endangered species helps reduce poverty

...cies like pandas, gorillas and tigers helps reduce poverty and improve the lives of local communities, accord...s work to save endangered wildlife helps eradicate poverty and hunger, as well as promote sustainable and fair development in rural areas. "Problems that thr...

Climate change: The rice genome to the rescue

...r it may cause ?on international efforts to reduce poverty and ensure food security. A "Climate Change and... that this could eventually slow efforts to reduce poverty in the region, where most of the world's poor live. The workshop was informed that, to overcome man...

Birth defects: 8 million annually worldwide

...al Programs at the March of Dimes. In addition to poverty and the many health problems that can accompany it, the report notes major demographic reasons for the higher rates of birth defects in poorer countries, including more women of advanced age having children and a greater frequency of consanguineous (...

Open Source Biotechnology alliance for international agriculture

...at will galvanize agricultural research focused on poverty alleviation and hunger reduction. The ventureis catalyzed by a 2.55M USD grant to CAMBIA from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. The BiOS Initiative ?Biological Innovation for Open Society- is often called Open Source Biotechnology. The BiOS...

Some good news for the world's poor

...s confirmed details of a proven strategy to reduce poverty in the planet's two most populous countries, China...an 800 and 15,000 rural poor were lifted above the poverty line in China and India, respectively. It also confirmed that such poverty reduction effects were ev...

Russian 'surrogate' alcohols are a killer

...ct of individual values and interests, substantial poverty and underdevelopment, growing unemployment and income inequality, long-lasting underfunding of the social sector, and an insufficient health-care system. Alcohol is used as a means of escape from reality." McKee is hopeful that the Russian governme...

Hunger in America rises by 43 percent over last five years

...e, with single mothers and those living in or near poverty continuing to suffer from severely high rates of both food insecurity and hunger. California, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina all have food insecurity and hunger rates that are significantly higher ...

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Many of 2 billion dryland dwellers at risk as land degrades

...l challenges, destabilizing societies by deepening poverty and creating environmental refugees who can often ... basic needs. Indeed, half of all people living in poverty are in drylands. Impacts of desertification are exacerbated by political marginalization of the dry...

UN: World in big ecological mess

...lash a host of socio-economic ills such as extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. "The overriding conclusion of...ges in achieving the MDGs, such as halving extreme poverty by 2015. In sub-Saharan Africa the number of poor is forecast to rise to 404 million in a decade fro...

The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born

...ovation to tackle the challenges of global health, poverty and hunger. These problems are best solved by empowering untapped resources - the countless creative people who are currently marginalized", says Jefferson, an influential scientist who in 2003 was named as one of Scientific American's 50 Top Technol...

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