News and Events: Gender bias, “Post-antibiotic era,” and Polio emergency

Posted: May 6, 2014 in Ethics, Events, Funding, Jobs, Policy, Science

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/04/first-global-drug-resistance-overview-paints-grim-picture

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” wrote Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, in a press statement.”

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2014/05/u.s.-climate-changes-white-house-embraces-science-never

The White House has just released its new National Climate Assessment (NCA), and its central scientific message will be familiar to climate scientists and the White House press corps. Climate impacts are already apparent in the United States, they are likely to worsen, and communities should begin factoring climate change into all kinds of decisions. From Hawaii to Maine, from the fishing industry to manufacturing, the report’s 30 chapters emphasize that “evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.””

 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/uks-royal-society-still-trails-us-national-academy-of-sciences-in-female-members.html

“The Royal Society — the United Kingdom’s national science academy — today announced that it has elected 50 new fellows, who get to put the prestigious letters ‘FRS’ after their name….Just 14% of the new fellows are women, meaning that the Royal Society still lags behind the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in terms of female representation. The NAS had 21% women among the 84 newly elected members it announced two days ago, and consistently elects a higher proportion of women than its UK counterpart (see chart).”

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/05/calling-polio-international-emergency-who-recommends-travel-requirements

Citing “extraordinary” circumstances, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the international spread of wild poliovirus a public health emergency of international concern. It is just the second time that WHO has declared an emergency, saying the recent export of polio from three nations to adjoining areas could threaten global efforts to eradicate the disease. “

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/asiapacific/2014/05/mega%E2%80%93marine-reserve-going-limits-fishers

The government of the Pacific island nation Kiribati has announced that it will close one of the world’s biggest marine reserves to all commercial fishing at the end of the year. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, about the size of California, is home to the world’s last major stocks of tuna.”

 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/uk-politicians-wade-into-pharma-mega-deal.html

“Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has attempted to reassure UK politicians over its attempts to buy AstraZeneca, as political parties traded blows over the potential merger.”

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