Asia-Pacific

26 Jan 2009

A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost unless the world acts to reverse the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss a new landmark book says.

The new book, ‘Sustaining Life,’ is the most comprehensive treatment of this subject to date and fills a major gap in the arguments made to conserve nature.

22 Jan 2009

Land degradation is becoming worse in severity and extent across many regions of the world, with croplands, in particular, declining in function and productivity, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a new report.

22 Jan 2009

Senate President Manuel Villar urged other local government units across the country to adopt Albay's strategic action on climate change to cushion the impact of this disastrous global warming phenomenon.

Villar said "the senate is all out in supporting programs that address 'global warming and climate change' similar to the programs that Albay province had initiated and is right now being adopted in other places."

22 Jan 2009

More than 15,000 children die in Ghana annually of sanitation related diseases before attaining the age of five, a United Nations Human Development report has revealed.

The diseases include malaria, diarrhea, typhoid and cholera.

Mr Kweku Quansah, Programme Officer at the Environmental Health Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment disclosed this in Kumasi at the weekend.

22 Jan 2009

After decades of scepticism about global warming and its after effects, the world has come face-to-face with the realities of that danger.

With reports of extreme floods in Kenya, Canada, Indonesia and Southern Africa, the world has been jolted with the stark reality that it is headed toward something worse if urgent steps are not taken.

Also manifest are increased cases of drought in the Sahelian region of Africa and the now common incidence of hurricanes in the U.S.