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Herbicides increase antibiotic resistance evolution in bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in our pathogens is caused by human activity and is a major challenge for public health. Recent research has found that some of the world’s most widely used herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) can increase the rate of antibiotic resistance development in bacteria by a factor of up to 100,000 times faster than occurs without the ... Read More »

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Read More »

Excessive drinking killed over 3 mn people in 2016: UN

Geneva, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. Read More »

Freezing in UAE’s high rise buildings as heat soars outside

By Amna Khaishgi DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 2018 (IPS) – “Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid [the brickwork] brick by brick,” says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as a mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read More »

Have your food and eat the wrapper too

From Danielle Nierenberg Greetings from New York City! I’m at the Food, Farming, and Sustainability Conference, where I’ll be speaking on the panel “Women in Agriculture” with Karen Karp, President of Karen Karp & Partners, and Karen Washington, co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, moderated by Lauren Wilson, Editor in Chief of Edible Manhattan. After, I’ll be joining more inspiring ... Read More »

How agroecology can ensure dietary diversity, high nutrition

Around the world, there is a major shift in dietary patterns underway towards uniformity. This ‘global dietary transition’ phenomenon is historically unprecedented and is occurring fastest in the urban areas of developing countries. About 3 billion people currently have low-quality diets based on a small number of plant and animal species. Their increasingly uniform diets either lack sufficient calories, minerals ... Read More »

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hoopla elicits mixed feelings in Asia

Singapore, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — The craze for “Crazy Rich Asians” is hitting Asia, with a premiere in Singapore followed by openings in several neighbouring countries later this week. Much of the over-the-top romantic comedy was set in this wealthy city-state. As the stars streamed past flashing lights down the red carpet Tuesday evening, fans and tourists swarmed around them ... Read More »

When Sarangi vibrates with Tabla

Ustad Liyakat Ali Khan and Jaffar Khan Talks to the GreenWatch Dhaka representative in Stuttgart, Germany, Monowara Begum Moni It was a beautiful summer day when I met Sarangi Maestro Ustad Liyakat Ali Khan with the legendary Tabalchi Jaffar Khan in Stuttgart. I made the appointment before because I was very much interested to know him personally. In the Indian music ... Read More »

Higher blood-lead in pregnant BD women: Study

Powdered turmeric, agrochemicals, lead-soldered cans possible sources Dhaka, July 18 – Presence of higher blood lead level (BLL) has been found in pregnant women of rural areas in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b study done in collaboration with Stanford University, USA. Read More »

Japan: the land of the rising robots

By Todd Schneider, Gee Hee Hong and Anh Van Le Washington DC, Jul 13 2018 (IPS) – While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the coming decades, it is likely to have an impact on portions of almost all jobs to some degree—depending on the type of work and the tasks involved. Read More »