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Day: April 15, 2011


10 things you should know about GM mosquitoes

The National Biosafety Board (NBB) has recently approved an application from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. IMR wants to conduct field experiments in Bentong and Alor Gajah to see how far the males fly and how long they live for. The aim of this GM technology is for the GM male mosquitoes to mate with wild female...
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Nuclear in Malaysia: Shortsightedness in a greening global economy

By Ken Yeong Every Malaysian must decide if nuclear power is the right choice for our nation. The keyword here is choice because there is now an increasing number of truly clean and renewable energy in solar, wind, tidal, wave, etc. For some, however, the threat of climate change and peak oil has forced a false dilemma of either nuclear or unabated global warming. The recent UK Sustainable...
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Healthy growth of renewable energy

By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society Despite the severe downturn of the global economy in 2009, renewable energy continued its meteoric rise. At the end of 2009, fully one-quarter of global power capacity (1230 GW) is renewable, delivering 18% of global electricity supply, according to the report issued by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21 Century (REN21). This is...
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Leaving oil in the ground to fight climate change

An innovative new initiative to tackle climate change and conserve forests has taken off in Ecuador. The Yasuni initiative has received support from many famous individuals, international organisations and NGOs. By Martin Khor What would a country’s leaders do if oil reserves were discovered beneath the tropical rain forests of that nation’s premier national park? The government would...
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Nuclear plants move offshore

By Karl Grossman Russia has embarked on a scheme to build floating nuclear power plants to be moored off its coasts — especially off northern and eastern Russia — and sold to nations around the world. “Absolutely safe,” Sergei Kiriyenko, director-general of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy corporation, told Reuters as the barge that is to serve as the base for the first floating...
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