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The World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Information Service Website Wins the Prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award 2008

The World Weather Information Service (WWIS) website operated by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on behalf of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 in the Environment category.

Nature’s 100 Best Initiative Publishes Preliminary Findings On How to Green

Commercially-promising advances inventions, innovations and ideas inspired by the natural world and its close to 4-billion year-old history of “research and development” are at the centre of a new collaborative initiative called Nature’s 100 Best unveiled at the Ninth Conference of Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity, 19-30 May.

Nanoparticles Provide New Ways of Understanding Earth’s Workings

The ubiquity of tiny particles of minerals--mineral nanoparticles--in oceans and rivers, atmosphere and soils, and in living cells are providing scientists with new ways of understanding Earth's workings. Our planet's physical, chemical, and biological processes are influenced or driven by the properties of these minerals.

North Kivu, DR Congo Chicken Egg Project Provides Food For Thought

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and an implementing partner have hatched a pilot project aimed at improving the nutritional needs of displaced Congolese in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa Calls for Secretariat and Volunteer Applicants

The African Union has declared the year 2008 the Year of African Youth, also called YAY 2008.

New Development Brings Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) to 37 More Developing Nations

The United Nations Environment Program, Yale University, International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers, and over 340 international publishers and prestigious scientific societies and associations announced on November 6, 2007, the launch of the second phase of ‘Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), a global development consortium that was founded in October 2006 to provide developing countries access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research online, and for little or no cost.

Rat Control in China Using Foxes and Eagles

Foxes, wolves and eagles have been deployed in the northern part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China to help contain an outbreak of plains rats.

Allan Rosenfield, Hossein Afzali and Two Organizations Honored with 2007 United Nations Population Award

Allan Rosenfield, Dean and Professor of Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Hossein Malek Afzali, Deputy Minister for Research and Technology, Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, and two institutions, Algeria’s National Population Committee and Malaysia’s National Population and Family Development Board, have won this year’s United Nations Population Award.

Horizon International Makes Its Television Programs On Solutions Available On The Web

Horizon’s series of television programs entitled “One Second Before Sunrise” that bring to audiences stories of promising solutions to the world's most pressing problems are now available on the Web at

Horizon Intern Maan Barua Receives OIL India Young Achievers Award

The Assam Tribune announced that Maan Barau, a Horizon Intern who has launched the Butterfly Conservation Initiative with the assistance of Horizon International was one of five recipients to win Oil India Young Achievers Award on February 4, 2007.

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