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Inga Vesper

Journalist, editor, writer

Biodiversity loss mars SDG success, report finds

An “unprecedented” loss of global biodiversity threatens the progress of more than 80 per cent of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and puts 1 million animal and plant species at risk of extinction, a landmark scientific report has warned.

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Climate now biggest driver of migration, study finds

The effects of climate change, including floods and extreme temperatures, have become more important push factors in migration than economic inequality or conflict, according to a global study.

Government loyalist appointed new UK science minister as Brexit woes continue

Amid the carnage of Brexit, the UK government has gained a new science minister. Chris Skidmore was appointed on 5 December, succeeding Sam Gyimah, who resigned last week over the direction of Brexit negotiations.

Europe’s academics fail to report results for 90% of clinical trials

An analysis of data from the European Union’s Clinical Trial Register — published in The BMJ1 on 13 September — shows that around 50% of the listed trials have not complied with guidelines that say results must be reported within 12 months.

Iron-rich rock helps oceans sink atmospheric carbon

Adding crushed rocks containing magnesium and iron minerals to seawater allows it to sequester more carbon from the atmosphere, geoscientists have shown.

Bulgaria in the cold as European Union freezes its innovation funding

European Union science ministers are due to meet on 2 February in their bloc's poorest member state — Bulgaria — to discuss future EU research policy. For the host nation, it was supposed to be a chance to showcase its ambitious plans to boost economic growth by attracting international research institutes to the country.

European drug regulation at risk of stalling as agency prepares to leave London

Post-Brexit plans to relocate the European Medicines Agency could trigger severe staff losses, its head has warned.

Lack of water and sanitation in hospitals mars SDG progress

[LONDON] Only 2 per cent of hospitals and clinics in lower and middle-income countries (LIMCs) provide patients with good quality services across the four key areas of water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management. The finding comes from the first study to provide a baseline measure of environmental conditions in healthcare facilities to support progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It looked at more than 130,000 facilities worldwide, and found that half of them lacked regular access to piped water.

London soil pollution worst on former Blitz bomb sites

The UK capital’s soil bears a poisonous legacy from the Blitz bombing campaign – with calcium, lead and zinc pollution highest in the most heavily damaged areas.

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