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Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045: experts

The world can eradicate tuberculosis by 2045 if the fight against the killer disease is properly funded, an international team of experts said Wednesday. A chronic lung disease which is preventable and largely treatable if caught in time, tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year. "That is huge and the economic burden of that to both developing and developed nations is staggering," Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the dis...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Eric Goosby


U.N. rights boss decries Venezuela crackdown; says sanctions may worsen crisis

Venezuelan security forces, backed by pro-government militias, have quashed peaceful protests with excessive use of force, killings and torture, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday. Michelle Bachelet, addressing the Human Rights Council, cited allegations that the National Police’s Special Actions Force (FAES) had executed 37 people in January in Caracas in illegal house raids in poor areas supporting the opposition. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his admi...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Caracas, Human Rights Council, National Police, Michelle Bachelet


EPA chief says unsafe water, polluted oceans a bigger global environmental crisis than climate change

The head of the top U.S. environmental agency said on Wednesday that the Trump administration considers drinking water quality around the world a bigger crisis than climate change, despite the recent surge in debate around the proposed Green New Deal. Wheeler said the Trump administration wants to do more to address water issues that affect up to 2.5 billion people around the world, according to the United Nations, and infrastructure issues that could cost the U.S. up to $700 billion.
Tags: Science, United Nations, Epa, Trump, Green New Deal Wheeler


Over 200 dead in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai, millions hit

MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) - The number of people killed in a powerful cyclone and flooding in Mozambique has risen above 200, more than doubling the country's death toll from a storm that could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere. Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said in a televised statement following a cabinet meeting on the disaster on Tuesday that the death toll after Cylone Idai now stood at more than 200, up from 84. Winds of up to 170 kph (105 ...
Tags: Science, Africa, United Nations, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Reuters, Filipe Nyusi, MAPUTO HARARE, Cylone Idai


The U.S. Wants to Keep the UN in the Dark About Geoengineering Efforts

In the pantheon of climate change solutions, some are more fraught than others. Reducing carbon emissions? Not so risky. Blocking the sun or banking on sucking carbon out of the air? Pretty dicey.Read more...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Un, Geoengineering, Solar Geoengineering, International Negotiations


U.N. hosting Western Sahara talks in Switzerland this week

The U.N. envoy for the contested Western Sahara will convene talks in Switzerland later this week, seeking compromise after a first round in December that marked a return to the negotiating table for the first time in six years, a statement said. United Nations efforts have repeatedly failed to broker a settlement over the desert territory, contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario since Spain left in 1974. U.N. envoy Horst Koehler said after talks in December that all sides ...
Tags: Science, Spain, Morocco, United Nations, Switzerland, Western Sahara, Horst Koehler


UN's 'dire' warning: Act now on Earth's environment as human health 'increasingly threatened'

A United Nations report said 'damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken.'
Tags: Science, Earth, United Nations, Un


UN hosts powers to discuss preventing an arms race in space

GENEVA (AP) — Government experts from 25 countries have opened a meeting to look at ways of preventing an arms race in space, amid uncertainty whether some of the world’s biggest powers will actually find it in their national interests. The informal, closed-door talks over two weeks starting Monday at the United Nations in Geneva […]
Tags: Science, News, Ap, Nation, United Nations, Un, Geneva


Students at UN stage 'die-in' to protest climate inaction

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Dozens of young climate change activists staged a "die-in" in front of the United Nations on Friday, lying sprawled on the pavement to draw attention to the lethal consequences of global warming.
Tags: Science, United Nations, Un, United Nations United States AFP


The Arctic Is on Track to Warm Over 15 Degrees This Century Even If We Meet the Paris Agreement Pledges

A new report from the United Nations shows that it’s basically game over for the Arctic as we know it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Global Warming, United Nations, Sea Ice, Arctic, Meltdowns, Permafrost


French leader, others urge speed in climate change fight

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — France's president and others made passionate calls on Thursday to speed up the fight against climate change, telling a United Nations environmental summit that impatience is growing among those who will inherit the battle.
Tags: Science, France, United Nations, Nairobi Kenya


Alleged North Korean Front Company Still Using the Same Brand Name on Social Media, Apparently

A company that the United Nations has said is a front for North Korean intelligence agencies, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), has continued its efforts to advertise sanctions-violating military hardware on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Motherboard reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, North Korea, Social Media, Kim Jong Un, United Nations, Sanctions, Global Communications Co Glocom, Facebook Twitter and YouTube Motherboard


Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy, it warned. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) -- a report six years ...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Un


America first: Trump boosts domestic spending on HIV but slashes help for those overseas

The US government has pledged nearly $300m to help end HIV transmission at home but has also announced a huge cut to foreign aid programmes fighting the disease around the world.  In his new budget, unveiled on Monday, Donald Trump made good on promises to provide new money to fight HIV in the United States but slashed funding to the State Department and USAID, which describes itself as the world's "premier international development agency", by 23 per cent.  In his State of the Union address...
Tags: Science, Congress, US, America, United States, United Nations, Medicare, State Department, Donald Trump, Medicaid, Usaid, Trump, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, Emergency Programme, Michael Ruppal


'We won't stop striking': US students taking a stand over climate change

American student activists are joining the global fray and helping to organize the first nationwide strike on 15 March‘My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,’ said student climate activist Alexandria Villasenor. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty ImagesAlexandria Villasenor looks a slightly incongruous figure to stage a lengthy protest over the perils of catastrophic global warming. The 13-year-old, wrapped in a coat and a woolen hat, has spent...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Minnesota, Nbc, Obama, Congress, Colorado, California, Germany, New York City, US, Global Warming, Nasa, United Nations, Davis


'We won't stop striking': the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change

Alexandria Villasenor is among the American student activists joining the global fray and helping to organize the first nationwide strike on 15 March‘My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,’ said student climate activist Alexandria Villasenor. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty ImagesAlexandria Villasenor looks a slightly incongruous figure to stage a lengthy protest over the perils of catastrophic global warming. The 13-year-old, wrapped in a c...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Minnesota, Nbc, Obama, Congress, Colorado, California, Germany, New York City, US, Global Warming, Nasa, United Nations, Davis


Libyans fear showdown as eastern commander eyes capital

The United Nations, stunned by the southern advance, is scrambling to mediate between eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and Tripoli's internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, Western diplomats say.
Tags: Science, United Nations, Tripoli, Fayez Al Serraj, Khalifa Haftar


The Aids endgame: how the UK and US are committed to wiping out HIV

Just over a generation ago the world was in the grip of hysteria about a mysterious new disease that seemed to be spiralling out of control. Groups of men in southern California were falling prey to an aggressive auto-immune disorder which had never been seen before. Health experts and policy makers scrambled to understand this terrifying new disease and how it could be treated and prevented. Fast forward 40 years after those first cases of HIV and Aids and the picture has transformed: today HIV...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Obama, California, Scotland, Africa, US, Atlantic, United Nations, States, Seattle, Donald Trump, Public Health England, Trump


UN finds herpes killed millions of Iraqi carp

The sudden death last year of millions of Iraqi carp, used in the country's signature dish, was caused by a strain of herpes harmless to humans, the United Nations said Wednesday. Iraqi fish farmers south of Baghdad were left reeling in late 2018 after piles of dead carp were found washed up on the banks of the Euphrates River or floating in their cages. On Wednesday, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said a months-long international investigation had pinned down the slippery sou...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Un, Baghdad, Euphrates River, United Nations Environment Programme UNEP


Scientists Breed Salt-Loving Crops, But World Is Slow to Bite

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Dubai Scientists Grow Super Crops That Thrive in Salty Deserts

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, Dubai, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Not Just for Hipsters, Quinoa Emerges as a Climate Change Savior

At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture are trying to help farmers in the Middle East and beyond earn a living from unlikely plants known as halophytes. Concerns about climate change, population growth, and the degradation of fertile farmlands add urgency to the work of ICBA, which runs on a shoestring budget of $15 million a year. The United Nations estimates that food production must increase 60...
Tags: Science, Middle East, United Nations, Hipsters Quinoa Emerges, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture


Nigeria's Buhari leads in election count as death toll mounts

Provisional results announced in state capitals but not yet confirmed by the election commission showed Buhari on course to taking a commanding lead over his main rival, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar. Atiku's party has rejected the tallies thus far as "incorrect and unacceptable". Observers from the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the United Nations appealed to parties to wait for the results, expected later this week, before filing comp...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, United Nations, African Union, Buhari, Economic Community of West African States, Atiku Abubakar Atiku


Peace deal in Yemen's main port hits snag as U.N. seeks aid pledges

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres admitted at a pledging conference in Geneva on Tuesday, which seeks to raise $4 billion for Yemen, that progress has been slow in implementing a troop withdrawal in Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions facing starvation. Such an offensive could disrupt supply lines, risking a mass famine in the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation, which is grappling with the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.
Tags: Science, United Nations, Geneva, Yemen, Arabian Peninsula, Antonio Guterres, Hodeidah


Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif, architect of nuclear deal, resigns

Zarif played the lead role in striking the deal under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international financial sanctions. A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said "some sources have confirmed Zarif's resignation".
Tags: Science, Iran, United Nations, Zarif, Alireza Miryousefi


Trump's UN nominee Kelly Craft says she believes 'both sides' of climate change science

Kelly Craft, the US diplomat put forward to serve as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations, has said she respects “both sides” of climate change science. The remarks made by the US ambassador to Canada have been widely ridiculed following Donald Trump’s decision to nominate her for the UN role. Framing the scientific consensus on global warming as a debate in which deniers have equal credibility, Ms Craft said: “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate.
Tags: Science, US, Canada, United Nations, Un, Donald Trump, Kelly Craft, Ms Craft


Trump's UN nominee Kelly Craft says she believes ‘both sides’ of climate change science

Kelly Craft, the US diplomat put forward to serve as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations, has said she respects “both sides” of climate change science. The remarks made by the US ambassador to Canada have been widely ridiculed following Donald Trump’s decision to nominate her for the UN role. Framing the scientific consensus on global warming as a debate in which deniers have equal credibility, Ms Craft said: “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate.
Tags: Science, US, Canada, United Nations, Un, Donald Trump, Kelly Craft, Ms Craft


Kelly Knight Craft, Trump's Pick for UN Ambassador, Once Said She Believed 'Both Sides' of Climate Change

President Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Kelly Knight Craft to fill the role of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The president tweeted the announcement Friday, adding that Craft “has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, United Nations, Un, Craft, Donald Trump, Trump, Another One, Kelly Knight Craft, Kelly Knight Craft Trump


Meet the sea squirt, sucking up plastic particles from the sea

Israeli researchers have found that ascidians - round, palm-sized animals also known as sea squirts can thrive in dirty industrial areas and pristine waters alike, allowing them to detect and analyze waste and its impact in various regions. The United Nations says it is as if a garbage truck full of plastic was dumped into the water every minute, a rate some estimates show could lead to oceans carrying more plastic than fish in 30 years. "[Sea squirts] just sit in one place all their life and ...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Tel Aviv University


Meet the sea squirt, sucking up plastic particles from the sea

Israeli researchers have found that ascidians - round, palm-sized animals also known as sea squirts can thrive in dirty industrial areas and pristine waters alike, allowing them to detect and analyze waste and its impact in various regions. The United Nations says it is as if a garbage truck full of plastic was dumped into the water every minute, a rate some estimates show could lead to oceans carrying more plastic than fish in 30 years. "[Sea squirts] just sit in one place all their life and ...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Tel Aviv University



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