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  • A layered approach to biosafety in Southern Africa

    A layered and cooperative approach would help Southern African countries harmonise their biosafety laws, says Julius Mugwagwa. African countries have debated the pros and cons of modern biotechnologies for the best part of two decades. For Southern Africa, the debate changed fundamentally with the 2002–2003 food emergency. The region had faced food emergencies before, but this crisis posed an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biosafety meeting `must address GM insects`

    International rules drawn up for genetically modified (GM) crops must be altered as soon as possible to deal with GM insects that will start emerging from labs soon, according to a researcher. While the 2003 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety — an international agreement to protect biodiversity from the risks of GM organisms (GMOs) — also applies to GM mosquitoes, it was formulated with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nigeria`s Senate passes biosafety bill

    Nigeria's national biosafety bill has been passed by the country's upper house. The Senate agreed earlier this month (1 June) that the bill should be harmonised with a version passed by the lower chamber in July 2009. Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology recently expressed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • CSIRO/Gordon TAFE partner-up to boost biosafety

    Signed in Geelong, the agreement is the first step towards establishing a specialised international bio-containment training course for people working in, or seeking to work in the two highest designated biosafety level laboratories – BSL3 and BSL4. According to AAHL Director, Dr Martyn Jeggo, the need for high-level bio-containment training is mounting rapidly as global outbreaks of emerging ...

  • Nigerian biosafety bill may fail, say scientists

    Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology fear that their four-year effort to get a biosafety bill enacted in Nigeria may have been in vain if the country's upper house fails to pass it before its tenure ends next month (29 May). The 2007 bill, passed by the country's lower chamber last July, is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Africa`s biosafety regulators urged to strengthen links

    In efforts to harmonise national biosafety regulations across Africa, the links between national regulatory authorities and key stakeholders must be strengthened, say experts at the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE). Many of the continent's science and agriculture ministers endorsed the use of biotechnology to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Participants at UN-backed meeting agree to work towards rules on biosafety

    More than 2,000 participants attending a week-long biosafety meeting have agreed to work towards legally binding rules for liability and redress for potential damage caused by the movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports. The participants at the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in ...


    By United Nations

  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command select CH2M for $35M biosafety and biosecurity contract

    The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) have selected CH2M to lead efforts in West Africa to broaden its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) on the African continent and reduce the threat of infectious diseases. The CBEP, developed by the Department of Defense to address global health ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • New OECD Brochure illustrates how Work on using Manufactured Nanomaterials sustainably in Tyres contributes to Green Growth

    The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released a brochure entitled Green growth: chemical safety and biosafety(link is external). In it the organisation explains that ‘innovation through emerging and converging technologies (such as biotechnology and nanotechnology) ...

  • Synthetic biology: built-in barriers could prevent interactions with natural biology

    A recent analysis highlights advances in the field of synthetic biology and efforts to develop approaches that will prevent non-natural organisms from interfering with natural organisms and ecosystems. It suggests that synthetic organisms could be developed with inbuilt ‘firewalls’ that prevent genetic interactions with other organisms. Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging ...

  • GM mosquito wild release takes campaigners by surprise

    Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month — a year after their initial release. The trial of the OX513A strain of the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, developed by UK biotechnology company Oxitec, was carried out on ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rifts emerge in scientists’ views on safety of GMOs

    Claims of there being a scientific consensus that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe are misleading and misrepresentative with potentially dangerous effect on regulation of GMOs, says a group of scientists. The statement was signed last week (21 October) by an international group of 93 scientists, academics and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Preparation for EU Environment Council, 3 March 2008

    The first Environment Council under the Slovenian presidency will take place in Brussels on 3 March 2008. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will represent the European Commission. The Council will hold policy debates on the Climate Action and Renewable Energy (CARE) package presented by the Commission in January and the proposed Regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars. It is also ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • US Labor Department`s OSHA concludes fatality investigation at San Francisco VA Medical Center research laboratory, issues violation notices

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center after concluding its investigation into the death of Richard Din, a research associate at the center's research laboratory in April 2012. The notice consists of three serious violations for failing to ...

  • China urged to take technological risk more seriously

    Like many other countries, China is currently reviewing the safety of its nuclear power programme following the damage caused by Japan's tsunami to the Fukushima nuclear plant in March, promising that 'full safety checks' of existing reactors would be carried out. Although the government has also suspended approval of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global Land Temperatures Warmest Ever in January, April

    GENEVA, Switzerland, August 8, 2007 (ENS) - Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization reported Tuesday. 'Weather and climate are marked by record extremes in many regions across the world since January 2007,' the WMO said.The global weather ...

  • European governments focus on reducing CO2 emissions from cars

    EU Environment Council, 3 March - the council adopted conclusions on environment focusing on the following priorities: climate change and energy, halting biodiversity loss, environmental technologies, sustainable consumption and production, and simplification of legislation. The conclusions will be submitted to the spring European Council. The Council held policy debates on the climate action and ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

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