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China expands surveillance of sewage to police illegal drug use

Dozens of Chinese cities are chemically analysing sewage for traces of drugs, or their telltale metabolites, excreted in urine.
from Nature on Jul 20, 2018.

Indigenous peoples control one-quarter of world’s land surface

A new study reinforces the growing body of research showing that recognising the land rights of indigenous peoples can greatly benefit conservation efforts.
from Mongabay on Jul 18, 2018.

Dress the world in wood, says Forests for Fashion initiative

A new UN initiative aims to make forests literally more fashionable.
from FAO on Jul 17, 2018.

Terrorist group wants to ban plastic bags

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab terrorist group is trying to brand itself as an eco-friendly outfit with its decision to ban single-use plastic bags and cutting down trees.
from Quartz on Jul 13, 2018.

High-altitude internet balloons could soon connect rural Kenya

Google is in talks with telecom operators in Kenya to bring balloon-powered internet to people in rural and remote areas.
from Quartz Africa on Jul 11, 2018.

Dear journalists, don’t call us charities

Mercy Corps chief Simon O’Connell argues for a new relationship between NGOs and the media, starting with an acknowledgement of the complexity of their work.
from Polis on Jul 9, 2018.

A better measure of research from the global south

A new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives.
from Nature on Jul 5, 2018.

Nineteen sites added to world heritage list

The UN's World Heritage Committee has named 19 sites, taking the Unesco list to 1,092 sites in 167 countries.
from Unesco on Jul 4, 2018.

Four lessons from Egypt’s World Cup experience

Rather than treating Egypt's World Cup defeat as a failure, Egyptians should view it as a learning experience that can guide the country to its full potential.
from Project Syndicate on Jul 1, 2018.

Five centres of Asian research show the benefit of local science

Researchers in some Asian economies are working to address the distinct needs of their communities.
from Nature on Jun 29, 2018.
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