[ASC-media] Will the $3.5 billion Copenhagen forest fund work and other stories
niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed Jan 27 06:34:36 CET 2010
Will the $US 3.5 billion forest fund announced in Copenhagen work? In
London last Friday Australian scientist Phil Shearman and his colleagues
released a report on the world's forests and climate change. They're
concerned that unclear land rights in some countries, coupled with
threats from corruption, could block success. More below.
Here's our first bulletin of science stories and heads-up for 2010.
For the silly season we've put together a collection of science stories
that you may not have heard about. They include: Plastic solar cells
from plastic banknote know-how
Preventive aircraft maintenance using nanotech
> ; Hitchhiking nose mites
<http://www.scienceinpublic.com/stories/2009/mites-hitch/> ; How
bacteria from kangaroos are fighting cancer
<http://www.scienceinpublic.com/stories/2009/kangaroo-bacteria/> ; and
50 other stories.
Coming conferences include:
* from 22 February the world's nanoscientists will be meeting in
Sydney to explore the latest applications of and safety of nanotech. We
have background briefings on the speakers available on request.
* from 7 February Australian Science Communicators will be
exploring the future of science communication in Canberra.
And Darwin's Pitbull - Richard Dawkins - is speaking in Melbourne early
There's more information on each below:
* Will the $3.5 billion Copenhagen forest fund work?
* International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2010 in
Sydney, 22- 26 February
* Science Communication Conference in Canberra, 7-10 February
* Richard Dawkins: public lecture in Melbourne, 5 March
* Stories of Australian Science 2010
Will the $3.5 billion Copenhagen forest fund work?
Friday, 22 JANUARY 2010
One of the few tangible outcomes of Copenhagen was a $US 3.5 billion
fund to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by preventing the
unfettered destruction of tropical forests.
Will it work?
A report released at Chatham House in London last Friday suggests there
are real risks that unclear land rights in some countries, coupled with
threats from corruption, could block success.
The authors of The End of the Hinterland: Forests, Conflict and Climate
Change cite numerous studies suggesting that in 2010 the potential for
enormous profits will lead to increased competition over forest
resources between powerful global governments and investors on the one
hand, and local actors on the other, resulting in new and resurging
Australian/PNG scientist Phil Shearman is one of the authors.
He's written an assessment of what's happening in Liberia - using
archival aerial images (similar to his previous PNG study).
He and his colleagues are available in London for interview.
The report isn't all bad news. The authors welcome land reforms in China
The media release with contact details and all the supporting documents
are online at
International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2010 in
Sydney, 22- 26 February
The potential for nanotechnology to transform our lives and its safety
implications will be discussed at the 2010 International Conference on
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2010) on 22- 26 February 2010 at
the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The conference will bring together the Australian and international
community working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to
discuss new and exciting advances in the field.
There are a host of speakers willing and able to talk about the latest
advances and issues. The highlights include Andrew Bartholomaeus, from
Food Standards Australia New Zealand, discussing nanotechnology and food
and the challenges of regulation in this area. Tom Faunce, from
Australian National University, will also address the challenges of
regulating nanotechnology in Australia, while Chuck Geraci, from the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the USA, will
talk about worker safety.
Other topics up for discussion include the legal and societal
consequences of nanomedicine; how the spin rather than the charge of an
electron can create smaller, more versatile electronics; a sunscreen
trial; and the potential for nanotechnology to enhance our lives.
More information from me and the ICONN 2010 site:
Science Communication Conference in Canberra, 7-10 February
The Australian Science Communicator's will hold their National
Conference at the ANU, Canberra on 7-10 February. And while strongly
focused on professional development, discussion of the new National
Science Communication Policy will be of interest to anyone with an eye
on Australian science.
More information can be found at:
Richard Dawkins: public lecture in Melbourne, 5 March
Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken
atheist. He was named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential
People in 2007. In his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, he takes
on the creationists and all those who question evolution through natural
Dawkins will discuss his latest work on Friday 5 March at 7pm at the
Melbourne Town Hall. He will be introduced by Radio National's Robyn
Williams, who will also chair the Q&A session. The session kicks off the
literary year for the Melbourne Writer's Festival. Dawkins is in
Melbourne as a guest of the 2010 Global Atheist Convention.
For more information:
Richard Dawkins http://richarddawkins.net/
2010 Global Atheist Convention http://www.atheistconvention.org.au/
Melbourne Writer's Festival
He's also speaking in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.
Stories of Australian Science 2010
Our recent publication Stories of Australia Science provides a snapshot
of the diversity of Australian research. There are more than a few
intriguing yarns inside, including:
* Plastic solar cells from plastic banknote know-how
* Preventive aircraft maintenance using nanotech
* Strawberries with local flavour
* Hitchhiking nose mites
* Eucalypts as future fuel
* How bacteria from kangaroos are fighting cancer
* Breast restoration using your own stem cells
* A milk protein that encourages exercise
* Understanding what happened on Black Saturday
Among the other 50 stories you'll meet the winners of this year's Prime
Minister's Prizes for Science, learn about plans for a giant radio
telescope and more.
We will be publishing a collection of astronomy stories early in 2010,
to be followed by a biotechnology later in the year.
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