Global https://scidev.net/global/ SciDev.Net offers news,analysis and information about science and technology for global development; including agriculture, environment, health, governance, and more. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:33:19 GMT en Indigenous people to have say in UN climate policy https://scidev.net/global/indigenous/news/indigenous-people-to-have-say-in-un-climate-policy-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/indigenous/news/indigenous-people-to-have-say-in-un-climate-policy-1x.html “Somewhat rapid” acceleration underway for platform designed to give indigenous groups a voice. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:33:19 GMT Leftover brine threatens future desalination https://scidev.net/global/water/news/leftover-brine-threatens-future-desalination-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/water/news/leftover-brine-threatens-future-desalination-1x.html The global rise in desalinisation plants is a double-edged sword, study warns. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:34:42 GMT Açaí fruit can transmit Chagas disease https://scidev.net/global/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease.html Drinking artisan juice made with the fruit could be a source of parasitic infection. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:48:15 GMT Fish protein wafers to ease acute malnutrition in children https://scidev.net/global/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children-1x.html Wafers made of fish protein could save thousands of severely malnourished Asian children. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:16:00 GMT Q&A: How to make agriculture a viable business https://scidev.net/global/farming/opinion/q-a-how-to-make-agriculture-a-viable-business.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/opinion/q-a-how-to-make-agriculture-a-viable-business.html Jennifer Blake on how the African Development Bank plans to help boost agriculture on the continent. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:23:33 GMT Pakistan can meet SDGs by tapping wind, solar energy https://scidev.net/global/energy/news/pakistan-can-meet-sdgs-by-tapping-wind-solar-energy-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/energy/news/pakistan-can-meet-sdgs-by-tapping-wind-solar-energy-1x.html Pakistan’s massive wind and solar potential can help it meet sustainable development goals. Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:57:23 GMT Missed COP targets to Yemen famine – 2018 in review https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html We look back at our leading stories of 2018. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Conflict diseases to snakebites – 2018 in features https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html SciDev.Net looks back at the best features of 2018. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Venezuela worst for illegal Amazon mining - study https://scidev.net/global/pollution/news/venezuela-worst-for-illegal-amazon-mining-study.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/pollution/news/venezuela-worst-for-illegal-amazon-mining-study.html More than 2,500 illegal mining sites identified. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Starving Yemenis resort to eating tree leaves https://scidev.net/global/conflict/news/starving-yemenis-resort-to-eating-tree-leaves.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/conflict/news/starving-yemenis-resort-to-eating-tree-leaves.html Widespread ingestion of unstudied plants worries scientists, who say that health impacts are unclear Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The scourge of snakebite https://scidev.net/global/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite.html Centuries-old treatments are in dire need of an update Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:22:00 GMT India battles snakebite scourge https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/india-battles-snakebite-scourge.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/india-battles-snakebite-scourge.html India accounts for half of the estimated 100,000 deaths from snakebites that occur globally each year. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:30:00 GMT Q&A: Safer snakebite antivenom through biotech https://scidev.net/global/feature/q-a-safer-snakebite-antivenom-through-biotech.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/feature/q-a-safer-snakebite-antivenom-through-biotech.html Biotechnology promises next-generation snakebite antivenoms that are safer than those derived from horses. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:25:00 GMT Hi-tech antidotes for snakebite https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite.html Nanoparticles, enzyme inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies are the future of snakebite treatment. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:20:00 GMT Race against time to treat hump-nosed pit viper bites https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites.html The hump-nosed pit viper’s venom is a driver of therapeutic research, but no antivenom has yet been found. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:15:00 GMT Pakistan tackles snakebite envenomation https://scidev.net/global/health/multimedia/pakistan-tackles-snakebite-envenomation.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/multimedia/pakistan-tackles-snakebite-envenomation.html Snakebite is treatable if patients get prompt, competent medical care, say Pakistani doctors. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:10:00 GMT A matrix against snakebites https://scidev.net/global/editorials/matrix-against-snakebites.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/editorials/matrix-against-snakebites.html Antivenom research can succeed if countries pool resources, talent and knowledge in a global matrix. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:08:00 GMT Poverty amplifies Africa’s snakebite problem https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem.html African antivenom markets are not profitable, leaving many of its poorest regions without access to treatment. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:06:00 GMT Snakebite envenoming: facts and figures https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures.html Snakebite envenoming is a hidden health crisis. SciDev.Net examines responsible factors. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:05:00 GMT Smallholders’ global food production underestimated https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/global_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html Smallholder farms cultivate 40 per cent of global agricultural area, almost double what was previously estimated. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:02:33 GMT