Bacteriophage viruses infecting bacterial cells , Bacterial viruses. from www.shutterstock.com John Bergeron, McGill University Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create “designer” humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the atom. CRISPR is...
By Paul Adepoju The WHO and partners have launched country-led and country-owned response to increase the uptake of malaria control strategies following a “wake-up call” report. The World Malaria Report, published on 19 November, showed that progress on the disease has stalled for a second consecutive year since 2010. In...
A conference of 164 countries has adopted a global agreement on migration, on Monday at Marrakech, Morocco. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), a non-binding agreement with a plan "to prevent suffering and chaos" for global migration, aims to better manage migration at local, national, regional and...
While the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, millions are still subjected to grave rights violations. Calling the declaration, adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948, "a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being"...
Remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries are to grow about 10.8% and expected to reach a new record of $528 billion in 2018, says the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief. Top remittance-receiving countries are India ($80 billion), China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each), and...
By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News The start date of an important element of the Paris Agreement would be set 23 years in the future under a proposal from major emerging economies. Under the Paris Agreement, all countries are expected to periodically submit national plans to fight climate change. One of...
The world is soon to cross a major milestone: the number of people having access to the internet will be more than those who don't. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), about 3.9 billion people, or 51.2 per cent of the global population, will be online by the end...
Oil producers' cartel OPEC has agreed to cut the production in 2019, causing oil prices to soar in the international market. The 14 member cartel (including Qatar which has announced its eventual exit) would remove about 1.2 million barrels of per day from the market, along with non-OPEC oil producers,...
The largest mass extinction on earth, occurred about 252m years ago and known as the “great dying”, was the result of a rapid global warming, scientists have found. The extinction, which wiped out about 96% of all the then marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species, was far...
Soil is a non-renewable part of the environment. Can it sustain food production for our growing population? www.shutterstock.com, CC BY Alex McBratney, University of Sydney It takes a lot to make a room of soil scientists gasp. Last month, I presented at the National Soils Conference in Canberra, and asked 400 colleagues a...

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