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'Anti-malarial mosquitoes' created using controversial genetic technology

Scientists aim to tackle malaria by creating insects unable to spread the parasite, but caution urged over unpredictable ecological consequences<p>Hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite to humans have been created in a laboratory as part of a …

Genetics

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature<p>I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing …

Dancing with the Stars
Indonesia

WHO officially declares Sierra Leone Ebola-free

42 days have passed with no new cases reported in the West Africa country where nearly 4,000 people died of the virus<p>Sierra Leone has been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organisation, prompting nationwide celebrations tinged with sadness over the 4,000 lives the virus claimed. Freetown …

Disease
Climate

Fast broadband for all by 2020 pledged by David Cameron

<b>All UK homes and businesses will have access to "fast broadband" by 2020, David Cameron has pledged.</b><p>The PM is to introduce a "universal service obligation" for broadband, giving the public a legal right to request an "affordable" connection.<p>It would put broadband on a similar footing to other basic …

Net Neutrality

It's clear the nanny state works when food health values are written in the stars

Ten months into the food-rating scheme, global food groups such as Nestle and Kellogg’s have altered ingredients to secure a higher health-star ranking<p>Sometimes the nanny state works. Take the food health-star rating system. The premise is simple: to indicate the health value of food products on …

McCafé
Public Health

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on earth​. H​ow to feed them

Have we reached ‘peak farmland’? Patrick Barkham digs into a new book about food and the future, while Chris Newell provides a graphic summary of the challenges ahead<p>’Tis the season of harvest festivals and farmers are celebrating another bumper crop. British farmers have this year twice smashed …

Agriculture

How does the emotive content of televised anti-smoking mass media campaigns influence monthly calls to the NHS Stop Smoking helpline in England?

Abstract<p>Objective<p>To investigate the effects of different types of televised mass media campaign content on calls to the English NHS Stop Smoking …

NHS

'Please don't end up like me': New anti-smoking campaign will make you cringe as former smokers share their stories

• <b>WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT</b>• <b><br>Tips from Former Smokers ad by CDC feature sad real-life stories</b>• <b><br>Marlene, 68, shares her story of smoking in high school and</b> …

Government release new hard-hitting anti-smoking advert

The government is rolling out a new anti-smoking campaign, highlighting the "hidden dangers" of second-hand smoke to young children.<p>New TV and radio adverts in England show that smoking by a window or the back door does not protect youngsters from harmful effects.<p>According to figures from the Royal …

Public Health

Putin says he can work with Obama despite trading barbs on Syria and Isis

Russian leader more conciliatory after speeches in which he applauds Assad regime while Barack Obama condemns ‘might makes right’ doctrine<p>Vladimir Putin emerged from a rare face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama on Monday night, saying Russia and the US could find a way to work together on Syria, …

Middle East

What happens if the population forecasts are wrong?

The assumption that global population will peak around 9-10bn may be overly optimistic — and if it is, population will continue to rise, placing enormous strains on the environment<p>In a mere half-century, the number of people on the planet has soared from 3 billion to 7 billion, placing us squarely …