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GM regulations divide EU Ecologist sees troubling trends in agriculture Nanotech is novel, ethics are not Bird culling must continue, WHO says Climate change threatens Aussie economy Professor Evans quits ethics committee Meacher criticises GM crop trials in NSW

GM regulations divide EU The EU is racing against time to stop genetically modified foodstuffs entering western Europe from the east after the community's enlargement on May 1, the Guardian has learned. Some of the 10 new ... More...

Ecologist sees troubling trends in agriculture If today's global statistics of more than 3 billion malnourished people are worrisome, try projecting 50 years into the future, when Earth's population could exceed 12 billion and there could be even ... More...

Nanotech is novel, ethics are not Nanoscience and nanotechnology are among today's most promising fields of research, Chris MacDonald writes in The Scientist.If their full potential is to be realized, we need to attend alon... More...

Bird culling must continue, WHO says It could be months, even years, before Asia is given the all-clear on bird flu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today. Twenty people have died and millions of chickens and ducks across As... More...

Climate change threatens Aussie economy New Zealand's alpine industry is in line to benefit from an Australian climate meltdown that threatens to cut snowfall by up to 20 percent. Thousands of Australian skiers could be forced abroad as... More...

Professor Evans quits ethics committee A leading philosopher has resigned from a ministerial advisory committee that is believed to have recommended slashing the powers of regional medical ethics committees. The NZ Herlad reports that ... More...

Meacher criticises GM crop trials in NSW The former environment minister in the British Blair Government has expressed concerns about the moratorium on genetically modified (GM) food crops in New South Wales.Under the moratorium, compani... More...

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