Daily Archives: June 20, 2010

China’s one and only

In the three decades that China’s one-child policy has been in place, the Chinese government claims it has prevented 400 million births. Its implementation has been relaxed over the years with numerous exemptions now permitted, but its longer-term consequences are becoming … Continue reading

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China’s ‘one-child’ logic disproved

China introduced its so-called one-child policy more than three decades ago as a control mechanism when rapid population growth was outstripping growth in the country’s food supply. But the city of Yicheng has challenged this claim. Chinese authorities selected Yicheng 30 … Continue reading

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Economic crisis ‘must not disrupt vaccine programme’

The global economic crisis must not be allowed to interfere with the delivery of new vaccines to the developing world, a global health body has warned. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (Gavi) says it needs more than $4bn (£3bn) … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: 77m poisoned by arsenic in drinking water

Up to 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water in recent decades, according to a Lancet study. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10358063.stm

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In pictures: China floods

Deadly floods cause chaos in southern China http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10360075.stm

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A 2-Cent Solution to Help Fuel an Energy Quest

A tripling of the federal government’s expenditures on energy technology research and development could be financed with a increase of about 2 cents per gallon in the federal tax on gasoline. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/a-2-cent-solution-to-help-fuel-an-energy-quest/

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Road Kill in the Serengeti?

Every year, more than a million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, move through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya, following the rains. In the course of a year, an individual wildebeest may cover as … Continue reading

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Slideshow: An Environmental Disaster Unfolds

A collection of photographs from the NY Times, from the explosion on April 20 through the weeks of efforts to plug the leak. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/27/us/201005_oil-spill-photo-gallery.html

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A Poor Nation, With a Health Plan

unny Ntayomba, an editorial writer for The New Times, a newspaper based in the capital, Kigali, is aware of the paradox: his nation, one of the world’s poorest, insures more of its citizens than the world’s richest does. He met … Continue reading

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Europe Sounds Alarm on Minerals Shortage

The European Union is facing shortages of 14 critical raw materials needed for mobile phones and emerging technologies like solar panels and synthetic fuels, according to a study by the European Commission to be released on Thursday. Of 41 minerals … Continue reading

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