Moroccan and EU researchers set their sights on more efficient renewable energy systems
Many consider renewable energy systems to be the way forward. However, before such systems can power the future, they first need to demonstrate their viability. Researchers from Europe and Morocco have teamed up to make one specific energy system a reality - dispatchable concentrating solar plants. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 29, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari Geneva, 19 May 2018 – WHO's Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is expected to take up his appointment for a 5 years and 8 months term, starting from 1 June 2018.  The WHO Regional Committee comprises the following Members: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Ir...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

20 Water-Stressed Countries Have Most Solar & Wind Potential
Tianyi Luo is a senior manager with the Aqueduct Project at the Global Water Program at World Resources Institute.By Tianyi LuoWASHINGTON DC, May 11 2018 (IPS)Most power generation consumes water, whether to cool steam in thermoelectric plants or power turbines for hydropower. And the global demand for both water and electricity will continue to increase substantially in the coming decades. Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems.Power generatio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tianyi Luo Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Koro syndrome : when culture interacts with psychopathology - Elghazouani F, Barrimi M.
We report the case of a 43-year-old Moroccan male present... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Pleistocene North African genomes link Near Eastern and sub-Saharan African human populations
We present genomic data from seven 15,000-year-old modern humans, attributed to the Iberomaurusian culture, from Morocco. We find a genetic affinity with early Holocene Near Easterners, best represented by Levantine Natufians, suggesting a pre-agricultural connection between Africa and the Near East. We do not find evidence for gene flow from Paleolithic Europeans to Late Pleistocene North Africans. The Taforalt individuals derive one-third of their ancestry from sub-Saharan Africans, best approximated by a mixture of genetic components preserved in present-day West and East Africans. Thus, we provide direct evidence for g...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: van de Loosdrecht, M., Bouzouggar, A., Humphrey, L., Posth, C., Barton, N., Aximu-Petri, A., Nickel, B., Nagel, S., Talbi, E. H., El Hajraoui, M. A., Amzazi, S., Hublin, J.-J., Pääbo, S., Schiffels, S., Meyer, M., Haak, W., Jeong, C., Krau Tags: Evolution, Genetics reports Source Type: news

Fujifilm SonoSite launches new point-of-care US transducers
Ultrasound developer Fujifilm SonoSite has launched two new transducers for...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Fuji SonoSite donates POC ultrasound unit to Iraqi hospital Fuji SonoSite reaches sales milestone Fuji SonoSite launches new systems at RSNA 2017 Fuji SonoSite supports Moroccan mountain bike race Fuji SonoSite debuts new point-of-care US system (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Algerian Military Plane Crashes in a Field, Killing 257
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's worst-ever plane crash. Algeria's Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew. The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been opened. Algerian authorities did not mention whether there were any survivors but one witness reported seeing some people jump out of the aircraft before it crashed at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. The flight had just taken off from t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aomar Oualia, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Documentary cinema and memory of political violence in post-authoritarian Morocco and Tunisia (2009-2015) - Pierre-Bouthier M.
After the death of Hassan II (1999) and the ousting of Ben Ali (2011), the issue of the political violence that had been perpetrated during their reigns was put to question by Moroccan and Tunisian civil society. Documentary cinema, a medium well suited fo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Water Stress Poses Greatest Threat to MENA Region
Water In Judean Desert - Credit: BigstockBy Sopho KharaziROME, Mar 15 2018 (IPS)This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed “Nature for Water”, examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world’s water problems. The campaign – “The Answer is in Nature” – promotes a sustainable way to normalize the cycle of water, reduce harms of climate change and improve human health through planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands.An estimated 2.1 billion people have no access to drinkable water because of the pol...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sopho Kharazi Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Crime & Justice Education Environment Green Economy Headlines Health Middle East & North Africa Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

'Ayn mika: Traumatic experience, social invisibility, and emotional distress of sub-Saharan women with precarious status in Morocco - Mekki-Berrada A.
Morocco has become a permanent transit country for tens of thousands of sub-Saharan migrants heading to Europe. Many of these migrants are women who have a precarious legal status and can no longer reach Europe, whose borders have been considerably securit... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Fuji SonoSite donates POC ultrasound to Iraqi hospital
Ultrasound developer Fujifilm SonoSite has donated a point-of-care (POC) ultrasound...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Fuji SonoSite reaches sales milestone Fuji SonoSite launches new systems at RSNA 2017 Point-of-care ultrasound shows its merit Fuji SonoSite supports Moroccan mountain bike race Fuji SonoSite debuts new point-of-care US system (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 2, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

De Gruyter and United Nations cooperate on open access book project
De Gruyter and the United Nations are cooperating on the publication of two open access books on mathematics. The UN promotes international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of outer space, and among its responsibilities are the UN-affiliated Regional Centers for Space Science and Technology Education (located in India, Morocco, Nigeria, Mexico/Brazil, Jordan and China). The Regional Centers are responsible for the development of skills and knowledge for university educators and research and applications scientists. To do this, they use rigorous theory, research, applications, field exercises, and pilot proje...
Source: News from STM - December 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Editorial Featured Source Type: news

Empowering Women Improves Communities, Ensures Success for Generations
Credit: IFADBy Becky HeeleyROME, Dec 4 2017 (IPS)At an event held on October 29 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Awards 2017, five countries were honored for impressive achievements in gender equality and women’s empowerment despite harsh conditions and numerous daunting situational and societal obstacles. The five countries are Bangladesh, Mozambique, Colombia, Morocco, and Mauritania. The IFAD supported projects in these countries have ambitious goals for a more egalitarian future. To date these projects have successfully provided women with decision-making opportunities, skill t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Becky Heeley Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news

Fuji SonoSite launches new systems at RSNA 2017
Ultrasound developer Fujifilm SonoSite is showcasing its latest systems, the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Fuji SonoSite supports Moroccan mountain bike race Health Canada clears Fuji VisualSonics' Vevo MD FDA clears ultrahigh-frequency ultrasound scanner Fuji SonoSite debuts new point-of-care US system Point-of-care ultrasound saves shock patients (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 30, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Morocco:HIV New Infections in Morocco Down By 44 Percent Between 2004 and 2016, Minister Says
[MAP] Rabat -The number of HIV new infections in Morocco has dropped by 44% between 2004 and 2016 thanks to the significant progress made by the Kingdom in terms of coverage and access to HIV preventive and curative care services, said Tuesday in Rabat acting minister of Health, Abdelkader Amara. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lauren ’s life after transplant: Proving the impossible possible
I was born on January 29, 1992 with a birth defect called gastroschisis, which meant that my intestines extended outside my body through a small hole in my abdominal wall. I received a liver, small and large bowel transplant in December of 1992, just before my first birthday. Though I was transplanted in Pennsylvania, I have been cared for by the brilliant team at Boston Children’s Hospital ever since. When I was first recovering in Pennsylvania, my parents were told that I would never be able to swim in the ocean because I would have to have a central line in for the rest of my life. Well, to that person I would lik...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lauren Ainsworth Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories gastroschisis multivisceral transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Springer Nature continues to advance sharing
Over 3.25 million article shares in SharedIt’s first year Articles have been successfully shared by authors, subscribers and media outlets over 3.25 million times during the first year of SharedIt, Springer Nature’s free content sharing initiative. SharedIt was launched in October 2016 and covers over 2,700 journals including all the Springer Nature-owned portfolio and over 1,000 co-owned and partner-owned journals. This industry-leading initiative enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, schol...
Source: News from STM - November 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Editorial Featured Source Type: news

Soil-based filter bricks clean up water for Moroccan farmers
A home-made filter assembled with local materials cleans up water for irrigation and domestic use. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Together for more food safety in Europe and its neighboring countries
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Strawberries from Spain, tomatoes from the Netherlands, spices from Morocco and citrus fruits from Georgia -- the globalization of food production and food trading is posing new challenges for consumer health protection. The range of foods is getting bigger and their safety has to be guaranteed in increasingly more complex supply chains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The relationships of teacher ethnic discrimination, ethnic identification, and host national identification to school misconduct of Turkish and Moroccan immigrant adolescents in Belgium - D ’hondt F, Eccles JS, Van Houtte M, Stevens PAJ.
We focus on school misconduct and how ethnic teacher discrimination, ethnic identification, and host national identification are associated with school misconduct of male and female immigrant adolescents. Additionally, we verify the moderating role of ethn... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Surprising Reason Why Spaniards Eat So Late
This article originally appeared on FoodandWine.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elisabeth Sherman / Food & Wine Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Spain Source Type: news

8 Trending Travel Destinations to Visit Right Now
This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline Stone / Business Insider Tags: Uncategorized bi onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Epidemiology and risk factors of voluntary poisoning by pesticides in 2008-2014, Morocco - Nabih Z, Amiar L, Abidli Z, Windy M, Soulaymani A, Mokhtari A, Soulaymani Bencheikh R.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the epidemiological profile of voluntary poisoning by pesticides, and determine the risk factors that may affect the life of patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis using all cases of voluntary poisoning by pesticides c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

French Montana Reflects on Why ‘Unforgettable’ Will “Last Forever”
French Montana has been rapping for over a decade. But it’s only now, with his inescapable hit “Unforgettable” featuring Swae Lee, that the Moroccan-born, Bronx-raised artist is finally finding his place in the sun. Montana’s mantra is to follow the feeling, wherever that may lead. In the case of “Unforgettable,” it took him on a 30-hour flight to Uganda, where he tracked down a kids’ dance troupe he discovered while surfing the web searching for African music. Montana decided to feature them in his music video, spawning a viral dance challenge on social media—and giving him,...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Raisa Bruner Tags: Uncategorized french montana Music rap Source Type: news

Risk factors related to homicide in Moroccan patients with schizophrenia - Kachouchi A, Sebbani M, Salim S, Adali I, Manoudi F, Amine M, Asri F.
BACKGROUND: Persons with schizophrenia are thought to be at increased risk of committing violent crime  - 4 to 6 times the level of general population individuals without this disorder. The relationship between schizophrenia and homicide is complex and ca... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Here ’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years
A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American Eclipse.” You can find a detailed map showing the path of the eclipse here. But if you live in a place that won’t see the total eclipse or even a partial eclipse, don’t worry: It won’t be the last time the U.S. — and the rest of the world — will get a chance to see the moon block the sun in the coming decades. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will take place in seven years, and even before then total eclipses will take ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space 2017 Source Type: news

Scientists develop scorpion 'milking machine' for disease research
CASABLANCA, Morocco (Reuters) - Extracting venom from scorpions can be a dangerous, but rewarding, task. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sudan: Parliament Health Committee Calls for Establishment of African's Network for Breast Diseases
[SNA] Khartoum -The Parliament Committee for Health, Environment, Housing and the Humanitarian Affairs, in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, under the auspices of Dr. A'aisha Mohmed Osman, the Parliament Deputy Speaker, has organized a seminar on the combat of the breast cancer presented by Prof. Raja Erzadi, the Moroccan physician, and practitioner, specialized in breast surgery, currently visiting the Sudan on invitation from the Parliament Deputy Speaker. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children
'Zuhoor_Yemen' : One-year-old Zuhoor was forced to have the fingers of her right hand amputated after being seriously injured by an airstrikes near Sana'a. Credit: Mohammed Awadh/Save the ChildrenBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS)Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict have documented at least 23 SLC airstrikes which injured or killed children, prompting an urgent call for the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Risk-taking behaviours among fishermen in Morocco by the evaluation of "ordalique" functioning - Laraqui O, Laraqui S, Manar N, Sahraoui MY, Sebbar L, Ghailan T, Deschamps F, Laraqui CEH.
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the potential fishermen's psychological functioning which induces risk-taking behaviours by evaluating the ordalique functioning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Milking it: A new robot to extract scorpion venom
(Society for Experimental Biology) A new scorpion-milking robot designed to extract venom could replace the traditional manual method. Scorpion venom is used in medical applications such as immunosuppressants, anti-malarial drugs and cancer research, but the extraction process can be potentially life-threatening. " This robot makes venom recovery fast and safe " , says Mr Mouad Mkamel who designed the robot with a team of researchers from Ben M'sik Hassan II University, Morocco. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 2, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

London Bridge Attackers Wore Fake Bomb Belts to Create 'Maximum Fear'
LONDON (AP) — The London Bridge attackers wore fake suicide belts to create "maximum fear" as they carried out their rampage, police said Sunday. The Metropolitan Police released photographs of the blood-splattered belts, which were made from plastic water bottles wrapped in duct tape. Attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba wore the belts when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market on June 3. They killed eight people before being shot dead by police. Police Commander Dean Haydon said the attackers may have worn the belts because they plan...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story
Idea that modern humans evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago challenged by extraordinary discovery of 300,000-year-old remains in Moroccan mineFossils recovered from an old mine on a desolate mountain in Morocco have rocked one of the most enduring foundations of the human story: thatHomo sapiens arose in acradle of humankind in East Africa 200,000 years ago. Archaeologists unearthed the bones of at least five people at Jebel Irhoud, a former barite mine 100km west of Marrakesh, in excavations that lasted years. They knew the remains were old, but were stunned when dating tests revealed that a tooth and stone tools fou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Evolution Archaeology Anthropology Science Human biology Morocco Africa Source Type: news

New Fossils Indicate People Have Been Around Way Longer Than We Thought
(NEW YORK) — How long has our species been around? New fossils from Morocco push the evidence back by about 100,000 years. The bones, about 300,000 years old, were unearthed thousands of miles from the previous record-holder, found in fossil-rich eastern Africa. The new discovery reveals people from an early stage of our species’ evolution, with a mix of modern and more primitive traits. “They are not just like us,” said Jean-Jacques Hublin, one of the scientists reporting the find. But they had “basically the face you could meet on the train in New York.” Coupled with other evidence, th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Malcolm Ritter / AP Tags: Uncategorized Archaeology onetime Source Type: news

Earliest fossil evidence of Homo sapiens found in Morocco, rewriting the story of our species
Researchers have discovered the fossilized remains of at least five early humans that lived 300,000 to 350,000 years ago in what is now Morocco. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - June 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

' Last African dinosaur' discovered in Moroccan mine
One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Last African dinosaur' discovered in Moroccan mine
(University of Bath) One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil, led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 3, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Rwanda/Morocco: Duo Heads to Morocco for Specialized Treatment
[New Times] Rwanda's fast-rising footballers Onesme Twizerimana (APR FC) and Kevin Muhire (Rayon Sports) on Tuesday left the country for Morocco to receive advanced medical treatment for their damaged knee ligaments sustained in the on-going Azam Rwanda Premier League. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 21, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Turkey's Ronesans studying Morocco, Senegal PPP projects with France's Meridiam
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish construction and investment firm Ronesans Holding's healthcare unit is working with French fund Meridiam on public –private partnership (PPP) investments in Morocco and Senegal, the Ronesans board chairman said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Marrakech climate talks: US accepts petition calling for fossil fuel lobbyists to be excluded
Petition supports nations such as Ecuador and Venezuela that tried to initiate a conflict of interests policyA petition calling for fossil fuel lobbyists to be excluded from the UN climate change negotiations has been forced into the hands of the US delegation in Morocco, where almost 200 nations are meeting to work out ways to implement the 2015 Paris agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions.The US delegation initially said it could not formally receive the petition signed by more than 500,000 people but later contacted Corporate Accountability International, agreeing to receive it on Wednesday.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Michael Slezak Tags: COP 22: UN climate change conference Marrakech United Nations Morocco Fossil fuels US news Greenhouse gas emissions Environment Science World news Global climate talks Energy Source Type: news

Remarks at a ceremony commemorating Morocco ’s elimination of trachoma as a public health problem
Excellencies, honourable ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the government of Morocco on its elimination of trachoma as a public health problem. (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - November 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: director-general [subject], trachoma [subject], chlamydia trachomatis, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Morocco [country], Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

Morocco eliminates trachoma – the leading infectious cause of blindness
15 November 2016 ¦ Geneva ¦ Marrakech – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem1 in Morocco.   Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge of infected people, particularly young children, it affects populations in 42 countries, and is responsible for blindness or visual impairment in around 1.9 million people. “This is an impressive public health achievement for Morocco,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “It demonstr...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 14, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Renewable Energies: The Third Industrial Revolution
Only recently, I read in a publication of the Atlantic Council written by Fred Kempe that energy renewables have surpassed coal in power-producing capacity for the first time in history. It is exciting and sensational to learn that such a change in structure of energy sources has occurred. For years, I have been researching and analyzing the implications of global warming popularly known as Climate Change, arguing that the relation between global warming and energy sources is of crucial importance in tackling both. It is impossible to address global warming without introducing renewable energies as a major source for all...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Climate Change in the Classrooms
On 4 November, the Paris Climate Change Agreement came into force -- just three days before the official opening of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The speed of this entry into force speaks to the urgency of the issues at stake. The name of the game is clear -- we need to move from paper to action as quickly as possible. Mitigating the impacts of climate change calls for new efforts to contain emissions and prevent further drastic consequences, which we have seen affecting women and men in societies across the world, including migr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Record Hot Years Could Be 'New Normal' By 2025
Following in the blistering footsteps of 2014 and 2015, this year is on track to be the warmest on record.  And we probably need to get accustomed to this sweltering heat. If carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, these record hot years will be the “new normal” by 2025, new research shows. Even if we take action to curb emissions, the damage has already been done, warns the study, published Friday in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society. Human activities have already ensured that the global annual average temperature of 2015 will be the norm “no later than 2040,...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Human Footprint ‘Increasingly Visible’ in Our Climate, Says U.N. Report
(Marrakesh, Morocco) — Hot and wild and with an “increasingly visible human footprint” — that’s how the U.N. weather agency sums up the global climate in the past five years. In a report released Tuesday at international climate talks in Morocco, the World Meteorological Organization said 2011-2015 was the hottest five-year period on record. That comes as no surprise as WMO’s annual reports have showed record average temperatures in 2014 and 2015. But the agency said the five-year report provides a better overview of warming trends and extreme events such as prolonged droughts and recurr...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karl Ritter / AP Tags: Uncategorized climate change environmental impact United Nations United Nations Climate Change Conference Source Type: news

What's in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal? | Graham Readfearn
The US presidential race is guaranteed to prove a distraction at the Morocco COP22 gathering, where action is on the agendaThe Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows?Because, during the first week, the United States will go to the polls to pick a new president – an event that will act like a giant weapon of mass distraction in Marrakech.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Graham Readfearn Tags: Climate change Environment US elections 2016 Coal Energy US politics US news Fossil fuels Australia news Australian politics Morocco Donald Trump United Nations Africa Middle East and North Africa Science Source Type: news

One In Seven Children Breathes Air So Filthy It Can Damage Their Brain
OSLO (Reuters) - Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Monday. UNICEF called on almost 200 governments, which will meet in Morocco from Nov. 7-18 for talks on global warming, to restrict use of fossil fuels to give twin benefits of improved health and slower climate change. About 300 million children, or almost one in seven worldwide, lived in areas where outdoor pollution was highest, defined by UNICEF as at least six times international gui...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis may enhance night vision
New research shows that the drug makes cells in the retina more sensitive to light25 years ago, pharmacologist M. E. West of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, noted that local fisherman who smoke cannabis or drink rum made with the leaves and stems of the plant had “an uncanny ability to see in the dark,” which enabled them to navigate their boats through coral reefs. “It was impossible to believe that anyone could navigate a boat without compass and without light in such treacherous surroundings,” hewrote after accompanying the crew of a fishing boat one dark night, “[bu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 27, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Mo Costandi Tags: Science Neuroscience Source Type: news