September 2009 Archives

Norman Borlaug, of the Green Revolution, has died

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Nobel Winner Norman Borlaug
Dies At 95

Norman Borlaug, the U.S. agricultural scientist who received the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for developing high-yielding crops to prevent famine in the developing world, has died at age 95.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17778-norm-borlaug-the-man-who-fed-the-world.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

 Article from New Scientist online from 9/18/09.  A shorter piece is available here:

The New Scientist,  Volume 203, Issue 2726, 16 September 2009, Page 7 

doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(09)62442-8   

 

Climate Change Control Critical --NYTimes Op-Ed

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Cassandras of Climate
By PAUL KRUGMAN
As climate scientists have begun reaching consensus that Earth’s outlook is getting worse at greater speed, the need for government action is thrown into sharper relief.

From today's New York Times (NYTimes.com)

Climate Change Conference, free online, Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change" is  a 3-day, free, education online conference taking place, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2009.

Open to everyone, registration is here:

http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org/Climate

 

Sessions will be recorded for later viewing at the same site.

 

Climate change issues will be discussed from the aspects of science, history and art.

 

Source:  Email from John Walber at LearningTimes.org.

 

 

World Library of Toxicology

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World Library of Toxicology Launched

World Library of ToxicologySeptember 9, 2009: Toxipedia.org, in partnership with the USA National Library of Medicine (NLM), the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), and the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), announces the launch of the World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health, briefly referred to as the World Library of Toxicology (WLT) (http://www.wltox.org).
 

This free global Web portal provides the scientific community and public with links to major government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, professional societies, and other groups addressing issues related to toxicology, public health, and environmental health.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is the source of the above text.

Environment Research Funders' Forum (ERFF) Research Database

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From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Sept. 15, 2009

 ERFF adds research database to WorldWideScience Alliance science gateway

"The British Library has announced that the UK has made its first major independent contribution of data to the WorldWideScience Alliance project (www.worldwidescience.org) with the upload of the Environment Research Funders' Forum (ERFF) Research Database. The database holds information on some 20,000 publicly funded environmental research projects and programmes that have been funded by ERFF's member organisations since 2005. Although data is being continually added to the ERFF's collections, anyone using WorldWideScience.org will be able to access information through the federated search function."

[The] "project currently makes available over 357 million pages of scientific information covering energy, medicine, agriculture and the environment. It continues to seek new partners to expand the resource and help stimulate revolutionary advances in science."

 

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