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Global warming risks “severe, widespread and irreversible”, says IPCC

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
Climate change is here and its impact will be “severe, widespread and irreversible” unless the world takes urgent action, the United Nations has warned in a leaked draft report accessed by Bloomberg.

Human role in fuelling glacier loss has risen drastically

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
About two-thirds of glaciers' loss witnessed in recent decades can be attributed to human activities. According to a study, only 25 per cent (±35 per cent) of the global glacier mass loss between 1851 and 2010 was due to human-related activities. But the figure rose to 69 per cent (±24 per cent) between 1991 and 2010.

Drinking water shortage to hit Maharashtra as drought worsens

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
The drought in Maharashtra is worsening. With 15 talukas just declared drought-hit, 136 out of a total 355 talukas in the state are now officially reeling under drought. They have received rainfall that is less than 50 per cent of average in the state.

Effective oral drug for Hepatitis C approved by European agencies

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
European Commission (EC) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday, became second regulatory authorities to approve the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) daclatasvir, used to treat hepatitis C. The drug was approved by Japan in July this year. Daclatasvir is the third DAA—a new class of oral drugs used to treat hepatitis C. The approval of daclatasvir is medically significant as it, in combination with other hepatitis C drugs, results in high cure rates.

Climate change likely to widen health inequities: WHO paper

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
Emphasising the urgent need to fight climate changes, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday suggested several measures to make the global health system more resilient to climate change and minimise its consequences on human health. See also:  Blogs How to cope with heat waves   Climate change and malaria Slideshow Why we need to act on climate change Factsheet Generation 2030 Africa Report at a glance  

Will PepsiCo food replace hot, cooked mid day meals in schools?

Issue Date: Aug 28, 2014
Media reports about the government holding talks with the multi-national beverage company, PepsiCo, to provide processed food under the Mid Day Meal scheme, has angered food rights and child rights activists. They are planning to organise protests against any such move.
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