GRASSROOTS TO GLOBAL – THE HONEY BEE NETWORK

Local communities across the developing world facing technological or institutional problems deal with them in different ways. Often, they simply learn to live with them. But sometimes they develop successful solutions, which work well but are not incorporated into institutional research programmes. Anil Gupta, professor at the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad and founder…

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE

Politicians and the public look to scientists to explain the causes of climate change and whether it , can be tackled – and they are queuing up to deliver. But, in an article for Society Guardian, Mike Hulme asks if we are being given the whole picture. Hulme, a professor in the school of environmental…

AVIAN FLU: BBC RADIO HIGHLIGHTS STEPS ISSUES

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre co-directorScientists in Egypt are examining the possibility that the H5N1 Avian flu virus could be changing into a deadlier strain. There is a fear the virus will cross the species barrier causing a pandemic which will disrupt world economies and claim lives on an unprecedented scale. Dr Zuhair Hallaj, director…

AAAS DAY 4: IN PURSUIT OF COOPERATION

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007   One of the highlights of the entire conference was an evening plenary lecture by Mohamed Hassan, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) and a member of the STEPS International…

AAAS DAY 2: NEW UNIT OF MEASURE – “THE RUMSFELD”

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 In a wide-ranging lecture on “The Intersection of Burgeoning Human Populations and Natural Hazards, Caltech geologist Kerry Sieh introduced a new unit of measure today during a widely talked-about speech on earthquake preparedness. He explained that 1 “rumsfeld” (in honour of former US…

AAAS DAY 2: IMPROVING WATER MANAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 Another interesting session looked at the challenge of producing more food with less water by improving water use efficiencies in a variety of ways. While the focus of most of the presentations was US irrigation systems and technologies, the issues they raised…

AAAS DAY 2: BIOENERGY TO THE RESCUE?

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 Renewable energy from biomass is all the rage these days, with policy makers from Brazil to the US diverting huge sums of money into R&D in a race to develop new biofuels to reduce their country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and…

AAAS DAY 2: SO MANY SESSIONS, SO LITTLE TIME

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 The challenge at a conference of the size and scope of this year’s AAAS annual meeting is managing to attend the diverse array of fascinating symposia and lectures on offer, particularly when many of the most interesting ones are scheduled in parallel….

AAAS DAY 1: HOLDREN & THE 10% ‘TITHE’

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 1: Thursday 15 Feb 2007 AAAS President John P. Holdren (pictured right) used his presidential address to urge swift action to build a sustainable future. Challenges such as poverty, climate change and nuclear proliferation pose global risks that require scientists and engineers to join with political and business…

Inside track from the AAAS annual meeting

John Thompson was among the 10,000 scientists, journalists, students and members of the public to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Francisco over the past five days. The theme this year was ‘Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being’.Representing the STEPS Centre, John sat in on…