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Jun 30 2009

Climate Change Headlines From UNFCCC

  1. Major economies consider halving world CO2
  2. India seeks more talks on contentious climate draft
  3. China snubs climate minister after Lama meeting
  4. US helping investors get clean energy opportunities in Indonesia
  5. Handful of Democrats hold key to climate bill
  6. Calif. board postpones decision on pollution tax

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Jun 30 2009

Psychology Headlines Around the World From Socialpsychology.org

  1. Common Fish Species Has ‘Human’ Ability To Learn
  2. Fish Are Surprisingly Smart
  3. A Genetic Link Between Anorexia and Autism?
  4. Why a Psychologist Might Be at Your Next Interview
  5. Study: ‘Depression Gene’ Doesn’t Predict the Blues
  6. How a Lack of Money Can Worsen Physical Pain
  7. Kids With Eye Condition at Risk for Poor Mental Health
  8. Same-sex Behavior Seen In Nearly All Animals, Review Finds
  9. Measuring Brain Atrophy In Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Jun 30 2009

Climate Change Headlines From UNFCCC

  1. Major polluters meet in Mexico on climate challenge
  2. Russia offers climate goal with no real bite
  3. Europe to offer China help in burying CO2 emissions
  4. Australian Emissions Trading Plan in Trouble
  5. EU avoids climate funds decision for poor nations
  6. Denmark confident on climate change conference
  7. British Climate Change Act doomed to failure
  8. EU leaders agree climate funding principles
  9. Cutting Brazil’s Amazon Leads to Boom and Bust Economy
  10. U.S. faces security threat from climate change: Kerry
  11. U.S. report to press case for quick moves on climate
  12. U.S. Energy Secretary wants to cut carbon in the Americas
  13. Asia grows, climate change up

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Jun 24 2009

Biotechnology for Biofuels

Published by under Engineering

Biotechnology for Biofuels is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal featuring high-quality studies describing technological and operational advances in the production of biofuels from biomass.

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Jun 23 2009

New academic structure website updated

The Education Bureau has revamped the new academic structure website, enriching the information it contains and making it more user-friendly. The new academic structure “334” website has five new areas – for parents; students; principals and teachers; employers; and universities and post-secondary institutions – for these groups to get information of interest and specific concern. Please click here for details. [Source: Information Services Department, HKSAR]

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Jun 22 2009

IDEAS: Diplomacy and Strategy@LSE

IDEAS: Diplomacy and Strategy@LSE

Housed at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the IDEAS center is dedicated to using the School’s “unique resources for understanding international events in order to develop research and training programmes that can help us recognize how today’s world came into being and how it may be changed.” For persons interested in international affairs and policy, this site will be a delightful treat, and visitors can meander through their weblog, “Who’s who” area, and calendar of events. The “IDEAS Reports” section is an area that should not be missed, and users can read and download top-notch reports such as “Prospects for Reform? The Iranian Elections” and “Afghanistan: Now You See Me?” The site is rounded out by the “Programmes” area which describes IDEAS’ current research on the Cold War, Latin America, and the Balkans.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 15, Number 24, June 19, 2009]

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Jun 19 2009

HeinOnline enhancement – Cross Library Searching

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A new enhancement, cross-library searching, facilitates retrieval and display results across relevant journals and periodicals in HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library collection.  This feature can be turned off when needed.  To disable the feature, simply uncheck the box “Include articles from other select HeinOnline collections in the search results.” when entering the search criteria.  More details from the HeinOnline Weblog at

https://heinonline.blogspot.com/2009/06/cross-library-searching-is-now-live.html.

Or, take a look at the training video for a brief demonstration online.

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Jun 18 2009

WHO and UNICEF call for strengthened risk reduction measures to protect hospitals and schools from the impact of disasters

18 JUNE, 2009 | GENEVA – The World Health Organization and UNICEF today called on governments to strengthen risk reduction measures in four key areas so that health and education systems are able to cope with disasters, including the risks from climate change. These are:

 

  • Build school and health infrastructure according to disaster resilience standards;
  • Conduct assessment of the safety of hospitals and schools and take remedial action to make them safer;
  • Ensure all hospitals and schools implement emergency and disaster preparedness programmes, including staff training and exercises;
  • Educate, train and involve communities in disaster risk reduction;
     

WHO and UNICEF highlighted these issues during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a key gathering of the world’s risk reduction community organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Geneva. The High Level Panel on Safe Schools and Hospitals, jointly organized by UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO and World Bank, covered the experience of France, Mexico, Philippines and Tajikistan in making hospitals and schools safer from disasters and emphasized the vital role that scientific evidence plays.

 

Disasters have a major health, educational, economic, physical, and psychosocial impact on the most vulnerable, notably children, women and aged persons. Disasters can destroy human lives and damage hospital and school infrastructures, disrupt educational cycles, exacerbate poverty, force children to drop out of school, and affect the resiliency of communities.

 

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which caused some 240,000 deaths in Asian and African countries, raised global awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness.

 

The massive earthquake that struck China’s Sichuan Province in 2008 left 88,000 people dead or missing 400,000 injured, and 11,000 hospitals damaged or destroyed. Over 12,000 schools or 40 per cent of all schools in Sichuan were damaged, resulting in thousands of children being killed or injured. These events highlight growing concern over the effects of disasters on education and health.

 

Risk reduction is imperative for both education and for health. It may be possible to build better after a disaster, but it is not possible to replace lost lives or to restore health completely.

 

Children are among the most at risk and around 175,000 children annually will be affected by disasters. In recent years, large numbers of schools have been destroyed by disasters resulting in the loss of lives of children and the stalling of access to education. Children also suffer from the psychosocial effects of disasters, thus, hindering children’s opportunities. Education protects lives and safeguards development gains.

 

“The destruction and carnage inflicted on hospitals, schools, and the people who use them are senseless losses that could have been prevented in many cases,” said Dr Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises. “Such tragedies can be avoided or reduced if governments adopt disaster risk reduction strategies aimed at protecting people’s health. One prime way of doing this is making hospitals safer by enforcing and implementing building codes to ensure quality construction, training staff to be prepared for emergencies and assessing existing health facilities to learn what, if any, vulnerabilities they may have.”

 

The health sector and partners are focusing on the protection of health facilities, health workers and patients from disasters during the 2008-2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign for making Hospitals Safe from Disasters. Mexico has demonstrated that it is possible to make hospitals safer by applying a Hospital Safety Index to hundreds of hospitals and then making them more resilient and better prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters.

 

“The school must be a safe place that protects children and defends their right to education,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF’s Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes. “However, children can also serve as powerful protagonists for change. The integration of disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum equips children with knowledge of the risks, and what actions can be taken to mitigate the risks. Education is therefore an important aspect of risk reduction. Not only is it a child’s right, but education also protects lives and safeguard development gains.”

 

UNICEF and WHO are active members of the UNISDR system and advocate globally for the protection of schools and hospitals from disasters. The current and previous biennial World Disaster Reduction campaigns organized by UNISDR have been devoted to “Disaster risk reduction begins at schools” (2006-2007) and “Hospitals Safe from Disasters” (2008-2009). WHO is also devoting its 2009 World Health Day to the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

 

For more information please contact

 

WHO:

Jonathan Abrahams  +41 796 198528  abrahamsj@who.int
Coordinator, Risk Reduction & Emergency Preparedness
Health Action in Crises
World Health Organization

 

UNICEF:
Veronique Taveau  +41 22 909 5716  vtaveau@unicef.org
Véronique Taveau
Communication Manager – Spokesperson
Private Fundraising and Partnerships
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
5-7 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
phone: +41 22 909 5716 mobile: +41 79 216 9401
email: vtaveau@unicef.org
website: www.unicef.org

 

Any info you want us to know? tellgeneva@unicef.org
Do you have any questions? askgeneva@unicef.org

 

All press releases, fact sheets and other WHO media material may be found at www.who.int

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Jun 18 2009

Nursery fee-remission caps to be adjusted yearly

The Kindergarten & Child Care Centre Fee Remission Scheme’s fee-remission ceilings will be adjusted annually from the 2009-10 school year to ensure there are sufficient kindergarten places to give parents a choice. Please click here for details. [Source: Information Services Department, HKSAR]

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Jun 18 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The HKU Libraries now have access to The Chronicle of Higher Education. It is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle’s Web site features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

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