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Climate innovation centre in Ethiopia to improve access to energy

Source : UN Multimedia / 29 Mar 2014

A centre to promote pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change and create jobs has been launched in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The World Bank–supported Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), is expected to help over 3.1 million Ethiopians to better cope with climate change.

It's also thought it could lead to the creation of up to 12,000 jobs in the next ten years.


7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

Source : UN Multimedia / 26 Mar 2014

Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates.


Morocco’s argan tree in decline: study

By Larbi Arbaoui / Morocco World News / 25 Mar 2014

According to the Worldagroforestry, argan tree density in Morocco “has decreased from 100 to 30 trees per hectare in less than a century.”


Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth-UN draft

By Alister Doyle / Reuters / 24 Mar 2014

Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.


World’s largest biometric center planned

Source : Arab news / 22 Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia plans to build one of the biggest biometric centers in the world, which will contain the eye, facial and finger imprints of almost 30 million people, a biometric expert told local media.


Sweet smell of success: human nose discerns giant array of odors

By Will Dunham / Reuters / 22 Mar 2014

What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect.

Scientists studying the breadth of people's sense of smell said on Thursday the human nose can discern far more than the 10,000 different odors long cited as the outer limit of our olfactory abilities.


Rhino poaching toll reaches new high

Source : Newsrt / 21 Mar 2014

A famed scientist and founding former chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service urged Kenya's president on Wednesday to invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.


French gov’t imposes car ban in polluted Paris

Source : Presstv / 17 Mar 2014

Unusually high pollution levels have prompted the French government to impose vehicle bans in the capital, Paris, and its suburbs.

Thousands of cars have been banned from roads across the capital and 22 surrounding areas on Monday, as alternate driving days have been enforced in a bid to reduce the health-threatening smog.

Under the measure, some 700 police officers at 60 checkpoints around the capital will ensure that only cars with license plates numbers ending in odd numbers are out on the streets on Monday.


Scientists urge UK govt to ditch ‘dysfunctional’ GMO regulations

Source : RT / 15 Mar 2014

There is no evidence that GM crops are more dangerous than conventionally farmed food, a group of scientists allegedly linked to the biotech industry have advised UK PM David Cameron. Critics say the group is funded by the GM lobby.

In an advisory report to David Cameron issued Friday, senior scientists suggest that approval for commercial cultivation of new GM crops within the EU should be made at a national level, as it is now with pharmaceuticals.


1,300 times bigger than Sun: Largest yellow ‘hyper-giant’ star identified

Source : RT / 14 Mar 2014

Astronomers have identified the largest ‘yellow’ star ever observed in our galaxy and one of the 10 largest ever discovered in total. The star is more than 1,300 times the diameter of the sun and 1,000,000 times brighter.

The star named HR 5171 A is 12,000 light-years from Earth and can even be seen with the naked eye. It was discovered by an international team of scientists using the European Space Organization’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer in Paranal, Chile.


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