While globally the energy use for cooling is projected to triple by 2050, driven by growing populations, urbanization and rising income levels in developing countries, the World Bank announced a new program to promote sustainable cooling solutions for developing countries. Under it, the Bank will provide technical assistance to ensure that efficient...
In a first, a lander by NASA has picked up signals of what is considered to be marsquake -- an earthquake on Mars. NASA's InSight lander detected the rumble, which scientists believe came from seismic activity within the planet, giving them the proof that the planet is seismically active. Mars, I hear...
Melting of Arctic permafrost will release methane and carbon dioxide, causing a near 5% amplification of global warming and adding up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, a new study has found. The paper published in Nature Communications is said to be the first to calculate the economic...
Member States and top officials of the United Nations General Assembly held a discussion on the need to take urgent action against the pace of global warming, in an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, on the International Mother Earth Day. “Climate change is one of the largest threats to...
Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This year marks a century since a formal international civil service was introduced into the world. The first time this particular breed of professionals came into existence was at the signing of the Versailles Peace Conference during 1919 and the subsequent establishment of the League...
As building materials becomes scarcer, a 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet eco-friendly and affordable housing unit, is touted to revolutionise the way we live. Created by UN Environment and the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale University in the United States, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, the house is a type of...
Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer. Steve Hopson/wikipedia, CC BY-SA Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m. And the...
Amidst rising levels of misinformation across the world on vaccine safety, resulting in the reemergence of several vaccine-preventable diseases, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a new social media campaign, emphasizing “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”. Promoted with a hashtag #VaccinesWork, it centres around World Immunization Week, which...
Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease lead to the death of over 2.8 million workers die every year across the world, the UN labour agency, ILO, has said.s. According to a new report by ILO, an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs. The report...
By Neena Bhandari, Ruth Douglas A rise in diabetes and obesity is increasing the global burden of kidney disease, with millions of people in lower income countries lacking access to life-saving treatment, a report by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) warns. By 2030, 14.5 million people will have end-stage...

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