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Gene-Editing Registry Proposed

200318 - A panel convened by the World Health Organization is to ask the agency to establish a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, Stat News reports. It adds that the panel will additionally recommend that funders require their grantees to register such work and journal editors only publish studies that were on the registry. The WHO said in December that it would be convening a panelto develop standards and guidelines for gene editing, following researcher He Jiankui's announcement that he had edited the genomes of two twin girls as embryos. That panel's members were announced in February with Margaret Hamburg, the former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, and Edwin Cameron, a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as co-chairs. Reuters adds that the WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is in favor of the proposed registry. "Gene editing holds incredible promise for health, but it also poses some risks, both ethically and medically," he says in a statement.

However, Stat News notes that it's not yet clear how the use of the registry would be enforced. Victor Dzau, the president of US National Academy of Medicine, tells it that, unless there are legal ramifications, it is "hard to see how you could make the private sector comply," adding that "but at least this is a first step."


Global carbon emissions set to hit record high in 2018

051218 - A new report, conducted by the Global Carbon Project (GCP) and the University of East Anglia, states that in 2018 the projected rise of carbon emissions will be 2.7 per cent, this is much higher than the 1.6 per cent rise in 2017. Download the report HERE

The European Commission calls for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050

301118 - On 28 November 2018, the Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for “a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050”. According to AN eu press Release,“The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition. Following the invitations by the European Parliament and the European Council, the Commission's vision for a climate-neutral future covers nearly all EU policies and is in line with the Paris Agreement objective to keep the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep it to 1.5°C”. Download HERE.In  depth analysis in support of the Commission communication .Download HERE

291118 - BCG: The Economic Case for Combating Climate Change

According the Boston Consulting Group, All countries can generate an economic payback from their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—even if they move unilaterally.  More HERE

291118 - NIST Atomic Clocks Now Keep Time Well Enough to Improve Models of Earth

Experimental atomic clocks at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have achieved three new performance records, now ticking precisely enough to not only improve timekeeping and navigation, but also detect faint signals from gravity, the early universe and perhaps even dark matter. More HERE and HERE

291118 - The euro area financial stability environment has become more challenging

According to ECB’s November issue of the Financial Stability Review, a growing economy and improved banking sector resilience have continued to support the financial stability environment in the euro area. Furthermore, a series of volatility events have not spread to the broader global financial system. At the same time, downside risks to the global growth outlook have become more pronounced since May relating to a resurgence in protectionism and stress in emerging markets. Vulnerabilities in financial markets continue to build up amid pockets of high valuations and compressed global risk premia. In the euro area, political and policy uncertainty have increased over the review period. Download FSR issue HERE

281118 - Amid uproar, Chinese scientist defends creating gene-edited babies

Undisputedly a major event in human history…Read media coverage of the event on STATNEWS

201118 -UN Secretary-General speech on Climate Change and the 2019 Climate Change Summit

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record

201118 - The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin showed that globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015. Concentrations of methane and nitrous oxide also rose, whilst there was a resurgence of a potent greenhouse gas and ozone depleting substance called CFC-11, which is regulated under an international agreement to protect the ozone layer.

WMO advances Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System

191118- WMO has hosted the first symposium and user summit of the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS), which aims to help inform and guide reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gases which are driving climate change. More HERE

161118 - International System of Units revised in historic vote

In a landmark decision, representatives from 54 of the BIPM's Member States voted on 16 November 2018 to revise the International System of Units (SI), changing the world's definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole. More HERE

Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies & Climate Change

241018 - To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air and sequester it need to play a large role in mitigating climate change, says a new U.S. Academies report. More HERE

PWC Low Carbon Economy Index 2018 : Time to get on with it

201018 - Emissions are on the rise again as the shift towards low carbon energy lags behind global economic growth. The Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to two degrees looks even further out of reach. There's no shortage of solutions - governments and business just need to implement them, PWC experts say. More HERE

Turning Greenhouse Gases Into Useful Products

181018 - A new U.S. Academies report outlines a research agenda for improving the commercial viability of technologies that turn greenhouse gases into useful products such as fuels, construction materials, and chemicals. More HERE

 National Academies Launching New Study on Sunlight-Reflection Research

161018 -The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is forming a new committee to develop a research agenda and research governance approaches for climate-intervention strategies that reflect sunlight to cool Earth. READ MORE

Global Strategic Trends : The Future Starts Now (UK Ministry of Defence)

161018 - Global Strategic Trends describes a strategic context for defence and security looking out to the middle of the century. It takes a comprehensive view of the future derived through research headed by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC).This publication is the sixth edition Of Global Strategic Trends. The findings and deductions contained in this publication do not represent the official policy of the UK government or that of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). It does, however, represent the view of DCDC, a department within the MOD. Download PDF

Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

091018 - This report from Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security highlights 15 technologies or categories of technologies that, with further scientific attention and investment, as well as attention to accompanying legal, regulatory, ethical, policy, and operational issues, could help make the world better prepared and equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from becoming catastrophic events. More HERE

IPCC Report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C Impacts

061018 - An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. More HERE

USPTO Announces 2018 Patents for Humanity Winners

090818 – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address long-standing development challenges. Read MORE





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