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Getting the word out of scientists

I had an interview with a scientist on his recent discovery, all i gathered from the interview were his own side other scientists decline comment on the issue. He told me the discovery was published in a science journal that i can't access. what do i do

Added by Augustine Abutu Alexander on June 25, 2007 at 12:24 — 1 Comment

Seeking the advice of the press...

My work is in integrated resources management and conservation. Some of the work is at the policy level and some is very "on the ground" dealing with the livelihoods of communities and poverty reduction. A number of outputs and findings from these projects are as important as the findings of pure science and social science.…


Added by Charbel Rizk on June 22, 2007 at 15:37 — 5 Comments

Five Times Into Space as a Russian Cosmonaut

[Interview] Vladimir Dzhanibekov, member of the Russian Academy of Science

Dambaru Ballab Kattel (Dambaru)

Published 2007-05-30

Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dzhanibekov, 65, is distinguished for having traveled five times in space, each for a different research objective. In total he spent 145 days, 15 hours and 56 minutes in space.…


Added by D.B.Kattel on June 22, 2007 at 9:34 — 4 Comments

We can learn from indigenous people

Indonesian tropical rainforests are bursting with life. Not only do millions of species of plants and animals live in rainforests, but also many indigenous people or natives still live as their ancestors did many years before them in the rainforests for thousands of years harmoniously. They call the rainforest their home.…


Added by Harry Surjadi on June 21, 2007 at 2:21 — No Comments

The Beast in the Jungle

Aside from the very professional entries in the community blog, I find myself writing something of a personal note.

I've never traveled. Never. I have been to Hawaii, yes. I've even driven to Fresno. I have been to San Francisco. But see the world? No. For me, the wax and wane…


Added by Ryan Rose on June 20, 2007 at 19:32 — No Comments

Environment and social justice must be at heart of policymaking, says international alliance

The Ring alliance of 13 leading research organisations on 5 continents has called for a radical new approach to global policymaking that has the environment and social equity at its heart.

The UK Secretaries of State for environment and international development heard the challenge yesterday (18 June) at a meeting of government officials and civil society organisations.

George Varughese, representing the Ring alliance, delivered a speech after the government ministers and… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 19, 2007 at 10:32 — 1 Comment

UK-China Climate Change Award Scheme

The British Council China, and China Science and

Technology Exchange Center of the Chinese Ministry of Science and

Technology have announced an award scheme for Chinese journalists who have reported on climate change. The will visit

climate and environment research institutions and science media

in the UK. More information is here:… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 18, 2007 at 16:38 — No Comments

Desert Voices: oral testimony and journalism project (Panos)

Here is an announcement from Panos London about its Desert Voices project....

Desert Voices: a new online collection of oral testimonies reveals the long-term impact of

desertification on people’s lives

The effects of desertification on people in… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 18, 2007 at 14:10 — No Comments

Watching the neverending space between the moving corners of the world

Writing a blog from a balieu parisienne makes me wonder of the unusual opportunities I have had in my life, many of them as a result of a continuous personal exploration. I'm sure that many people have traveled farther than I, and many have had the most intense personal biographies, but anyway, each one of us should stand up in his or her corner of the world, look around and deeply appreciate what comes beyond, from what we all have… Continue

Added by Ricardo SANDOVAL on June 16, 2007 at 8:15 — No Comments

4:05 a.m.

It's 4:05 a.m., Pacific time. I am sitting, staring at my computer screen, trying to assemble the last bits of the newspaper for which I work. My deadline: 8 a.m.-- a mere four hours away from freedom.

Mark Twain once said, "I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one."

Twain is as correct now as he was in 1870.

-Ryan Rose

Added by Ryan Rose on June 15, 2007 at 12:11 — 1 Comment

Haramata 51: Bulletin of the Drylands

Haramata 51: Bulletin of the Drylands
Inside the latest issue:
Desertification: Four targets for better results; East…

Added by MikeShanahan on June 14, 2007 at 10:05 — No Comments

How much can science be 'contaminated' /corrupted to attract more?

Yesterday, I was in a meeting related to promoting science communication in UP (India). It was attended by top central and state govt. functionaries including very senior official from Delhi, a senior bureaucrat, a Vice- chancellor, present and past directors, scientists and science communicators, representtaives of education dept., some teachers and also NGO's.

Towards end, a science communicator said that a science programe started with a popular film song (chaudahvi ka…


Added by Dr. Chandra Mohan Nautiyal on June 12, 2007 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Methodologies to record natural resources

Is/are there a way/s to record natural resources in an organised
way? I am afraid not (many?). I think it is manily for these
reasons.It is humanly impossible to do the census of NRs. Nature and
its elements are dynamic in nature. Natural and human induced
activities cause lot of damage to these resources. Poor
knowledge. Many species of plants, animals etc.

Added by Sujith sandur on June 12, 2007 at 13:46 — No Comments

whaling is the Lamaleran way of life

It was a nice day. I saw the sky so clear and the blue water of Sawu Sea. I drink a cup of the at that nice morning, suddenly, people screaming "baleo...baleo..." this word indicating whales appears in their area during Indo-Pacific migration. It was 2nd of May. Only in a few minutes, almost all fishermen run to the beach, reaching their boat, a traditional boat to…


Added by Maria D. Andriana on June 12, 2007 at 13:07 — 2 Comments

The 6/11 tragedy of Bangladesh: People have to die to prove that the policy was wrong

The 6/11 tragedy of Bangladesh: People have to die to prove that the policy was wrong

Yesterday (11.06.2007) Mudslide killed at least 100 people in Chittagong, the port city of…


Added by S.Jahangir Hasan Masum on June 12, 2007 at 11:37 — No Comments

Youth Environmental Network


besides writing about my research interests I think it is worth reporting about a youth initiative, we started 2 years ago. It is an Environmental Youth Platform called with interviews from volunteers all over Europe. If you know anyone who is interested in writing an article for us, I would appreciate it.



Added by Mika Huettner on June 12, 2007 at 10:32 — 2 Comments

At Science, a focus on media training for scientists

Matthew Nisbet has published a good summary of an article in the journal Science, in which Cornell University professors and media relations staff offer their recommendations on media training training for scientists.

You can read it here.

Added by MikeShanahan on June 12, 2007 at 10:26 — 1 Comment

Libel in Manila

Last March 7, 2006, I was a certified fugitive.

That Wednesday, I was in Cavite Export Processing Zone doing several

interviews when I received a barrage of text messages warning me not to

go to the office because an arrest warrant was being served arising

from the libel case filed in 2005 by Chavit Singson, a well-known and

influential politician north of Manila. The other respondents were out

chasing a story or moderating a forum. Gemma Bagayaua, our… Continue

Added by Lala Rimando on June 12, 2007 at 7:17 — 8 Comments

Love Affairs, Microsoft-style

When I ran across a magazine article entitled, “A Big Windows Cleanup

In Asia,” I was expecting to read something funny. I reckoned it might

have something to do with elaborate efforts to scrub off dirt from the

windowpanes in pollution- and smog-filled Asian cities. But who am I

kidding? I was browsing a May issue of Businessweek Magazine where the

stories have more to do with what influence the financial markets

rather than whether the movers and shakers have… Continue

Added by Lala Rimando on June 12, 2007 at 7:16 — 2 Comments

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