Saturday, August 29, 2015

Scientists Hit Back At Scottish Ban On Growing GM Crops | IFLScience

Scientists Hit Back At Scottish Ban On Growing GM Crops | IFLScience: "Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said in a statement: “As a national academy charged with the ‘advancement of learning and useful knowledge’ we are strongly committed to evidence led policy making. We are concerned that the scientific case for well regulated use of biotechnology has not been sufficiently heeded.

“Scottish Government statements implying that GMOs are ‘unethical’ have given an anti-science message that may prove to be very damaging to the long established outstanding reputation of Scotland within the international scientific community.”

The letter highlights the contributions GM research can make, from developing potatoes that can reduce fungicide use to making oilseeds enriched with omega-3, which could provide Scotland with a more sustainable source of feed for salmon farming. The signatories urge Lochhead to meet with them to discuss their concern on the ban that “surprises and disappoints many scientists and non-scientists alike.”"



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Syrian family's journey to a new life in Germany - Al Jazeera English

A Syrian family's journey to a new life in Germany - Al Jazeera English: "The thousands of undocumented refugees arriving in Europe every day can only dream of the benefits afforded families such as the Alameens, who are unofficially known as "first class refugees"."



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Senegal migrant town Tambacounda mourns its lost sons - BBC News

Senegal migrant town Tambacounda mourns its lost sons - BBC News: "Some local media have reported that in Senegal, the Tambacounda region has had the highest number of deaths since April due to illegal migration.

No jobs

"Even after what happened in April, there are still people leaving," says Harouna Cisse, a teacher who has not had any news from his brother since he went on the perilous journey.
"Each day some young people take the trip, each and every day. This is because of unemployment. There is nothing here in Tambacounda, no infrastructure, and the government just keeps on making promises.""



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Monday, August 17, 2015

A fishy situation in Cambodia’s biggest lake - Al Jazeera English

A fishy situation in Cambodia’s biggest lake - Al Jazeera English: ""We are in the conservation zone. If they catch us, we will be in trouble," explained the fisherman.

To protect his identity, as fishing in restricted areas is punishable by a two-year jail sentence, he asked that Al Jazeera not reveal his name.

The Tonle Sap is one of the world's most productive freshwater fisheries and the main source of protein and fatty acids for Cambodia's roughly 15 million inhabitants.

The fact that fishermen are resorting to sneaking into the lake's protected areas speaks of an alarming truth: the Tonle Sap, Cambodia's "beating heart", is struggling to meet the demands of the country's growing population.

"Outside the conservation area there are no fish, so what should I do?" the fisherman asked rhetorically."



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Wildlife poachers caught before a kill in Senegal - Al Jazeera English

Wildlife poachers caught before a kill in Senegal - Al Jazeera English: "Niokolo Koba Park in Senegal is an important world heritage site, which started out as a hunting reserve during the colonial era in 1926.

However, over time, attitudes towards hunting wild animals has changed.

As the home of the West African lion and other protected species, local tribes were forced out of the area to protect the wildlife."



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Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand's capital - Al Jazeera English

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand's capital - Al Jazeera English: "At least 12 people have been killed and 20 wounded by a bomb blast that hit the commercial centre of the Thai capital Bangkok, police have said.

The blast, which was said to have taken place near the Erawan Shrine, occurred about 7.10pm local time, according to the Bangkok Post."



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10 Years After Trying to Live off the Grid, Farmer Wonders, 'What am I Doing Living on This Little Island?' | Alternet

10 Years After Trying to Live off the Grid, Farmer Wonders, 'What am I Doing Living on This Little Island?' | Alternet: "Janes wouldn't disagree. It's just that after 10 years, he's unsure what wider good his own deep drive has served. "I now know by direct experience how hard it is to shift away from the momentum that our society has," he said. But in the process he and Joly have created their own existence to a degree most people could only dream of. "What does success look like to you?" Joly asked him. "How do you know when you've reached that point?" Janes paused, then quipped: "I'm already onto the next thing by then.""



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