An important new resource by the Centre for Social Markets bringing together emerging initiatives on climate change in India. Intended to promote awareness-raising, partnership development and a collective sense of movement building, the report is destined to become a 'must-have' for those working on the issues in India.

This report explains the concept of integrated risk management, a strategic and proactive approach to anticipating, assessing and managing natural events. By analysing the main risks and investing in prevention and mitigation, societies become less vulnerable. Financial, social and environmental damage and rehabilitation and reconstruction costs are reduced.

Later this month, the first batch of seeds will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to ensure that should a major catastrophe ever hit the planet, survivors should at least have access to a seed bank and so may be able to grow food. Eventually, over 200000 crop varieties will be hidden in this Arctic ice sanctuary deep in a mountain near the village of Longyearbyen, built by the Norwegian Government for the benefit of mankind.

ELLIOT JOSLIN, a pioneering American researcher, argued vociferously until his death in 1962 that controlling the level of glucose in a person's bloodstream was the key to managing type 2 diabetes (the variant of the disease that appears later in life). Since the defining symptom of all types of diabetes is that the body cannot do this properly by itself, that made intuitive sense. It also seemed to make practical sense. His approach, which involved a combination of insulin treatment (insulin is the hormone most involved in regulating blood-sugar levels), exercise and a diet low in carbohydrates, showed promising results in the patients he treated at his clinic in Boston. Several big studies since Joslin's death appeared to vindicate him. One, published in 1993 in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed that carefully managing glucose levels delays the onset of complications. Another, the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, published in 1998, looked at levels of a substance called glycated haemoglobin A1C (a reliable indicator of blood-glucose levels). Healthy people usually have A1C levels of 4-6%. Any level above 9.5% is considered extremely dangerous. The study found that those whose A1C levels were reduced by treatment to around 7% suffered fewer heart attacks and strokes than those whose levels were held at around 8%. Despite this evidence, the glucose-control hypothesis has always had its sceptics. The core of their doubt is that what is being treated is a symptom

High winds on the last day of this year's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos prevented me from taking my usual run from the top of the Weissfluhjoch to Klosters, thinking on the way of what I'd learned during the week. I wasn't too upset.

Policy anomalies in the context of international rice trade and measures to enhance access to rice are discussed here.

In the fourth quarter of 2007 the clean energy sector saw a sharp increase in the use of private equity expansion capital, but investment in buyouts evaporated in the face of the credit crisis. Venture capital investment, meanwhile, maintained the high levels seen in the previous two quarters.

The recent rapid increases in the international prices of many basic food commodities have raised many questions from policy-makers, the media, the public, and the farmers who have the opportunity to benefit from the situation.

Forests around the world are widely expected to face significant pressures from climate change over the coming century. Although the magnitudes of the projected temperature rises and precipitation changes are still uncertain, modelling based on mean figures shows that ecological, economic and social disruptions are likely. Ecological effects range from phenological changes and extensions of growing seasons to widespread forest structural changes, species migrations and extinctions.

The browser that helped kick-start the commercial web is to cease development because of lack of users. The software major aol, which owns the browser now, will cease supporting after February 1.

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