Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

Ava DuVernay Is Working On an Adaptation of Dawn for Amazon

Ava DuVernay Is Working On an Adaptation of Dawn for Amazon

Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney Are Working On a Dawn Adaptation for Amazon.But at a panel this week at the Berlin Film Festival, the company’s head of international originals, Rachel Eggebeen, said the company may start sharing more performance data with producers.

Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

“Or it becomes so important from an economic standpoint, so desirable and hardened with infrastructure that entire buildings are empty—purchased by real estate funds or individuals from the Middle East or Russia,” Anguelovski says.

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

11 December, Madrid - The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative today announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to accelerate climate change action in developing countries' agricultural and land use sectors.

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

Retreat? Pish. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

But when moderators and audience members asked the Democratic hopefuls whether they’d relocate people away from coastal areas prone to flooding, the candidates called it virtually everything other than retreat.

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

And I forget what they were now—a whole bunch of events like this, storms, floods, heat waves,” says Frances Moore, an environmental scientist at UC Davis who earlier this year published a paper on how quickly people forget what’s normal about changes in weather patterns.

Neil Gaiman's Sandman Comics Reportedly Getting a Netflix Series

Neil Gaiman's Sandman Comics Reportedly Getting a Netflix Series

Netflix has reportedly inked a deal for a live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic book series. Also, Paul Rudd is going to be in Ghostbusters 2020 and Lady Gaga might be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 .

The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here

The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here

Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. George Clooney will be directing and starring in an upcoming film adaptation of the sci-fi thriller Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix.

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a Dune Series

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a Dune Series

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on Dune show in addition to his Dune movie; the co-writer of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows.

Climate Adaptation Isn’t Surrender. It’s Survival

Climate Adaptation Isn’t Surrender. It’s Survival

For one thing, science fiction fans are not new to post-apocalyptic scenarios, whether it’s robot uprisings, mysterious unnamed disasters that leave the planet uninhabitable, total Wall-E style environmental collapse, or actual climate-change-inspired disaster, as in Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 , which imagines a mostly drowned Earth after 100 feet of sea level rise over just a few decades.

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

Gary Gray is reportedly in line to film an adaption of the Saints Row videogame franchise. Variety reports that Saints Row is the next game to get tapped for a film adaptation, with F.

Angelina Jolie Might Be in Marvel's The Eternals

Angelina Jolie Might Be in Marvel's The Eternals

Angelina Jolie Might Be in Marvel's The Eternals. Angelina Jolie is apparently in talks to join Marvel's The Eternals. Well, Angelina Jolie might be heading to the Marvel movie universe.

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps.

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Supporting transboundary action to address Climate Change 07/12/2018, AfDB Pavillion A new report Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Preparing bankable projects prepared jointly by the World Bank with other development partners, including the African Water Facility, International Network of Basin Organizations, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, highlights some good practices for countries seeking to access financial resources for climate adaptation in a transboundary river, lake, or aquifer basin context.

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Recognizing the urgent need for more action, the World Bank Group announced new and ambitious targets for our climate work with developing countries at COP24, this month’s global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Time to adapt to changing climate: what does it mean for water?

Time to adapt to changing climate: what does it mean for water?

The front line of climate adaption faces the new reality of dealing with too much or too little water, requiring new and more effective ways of managing this precious resource. Most importantly, This means reaching out and contributing to larger agendas including disaster risk management, sustainable landscapes, resilient cities, and climate smart agriculture.

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes

For most of the first half of the 20th century, population geneticists largely attributed genetic differences between populations and species to adaptation through positive selection.Motoo Kimura proposed in 1968 that most mutations might be neutral in effect rather than beneficial or harmful, and that shifts in the frequency of these neutral mutations dominated evolutionary change at the genomic level.Annual ReviewsBut in 1968, the famed population geneticist Motoo Kimura resisted the adaptationist perspective with his neutral theory of molecular evolution.

Fieldays - farming for the future

Fieldays - farming for the future

NIWA’s Chief Scientist, Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards, Dr Sam Dean says that by making sound choices now, and in the future, farmers can adapt, increase resilience, and reduce risks and costs for themselves and future owners of their farms.

A warming world means it’s high time to rethink the composition of agricultural support

A warming world means it’s high time to rethink the composition of agricultural support

At the World Bank, we see growing demand from low- and middle-income countries for climate-smart solutions in agriculture projects that deliver triple-win benefits by simultaneously increasing yields, improving adaptation and enhancing mitigation.

Climate change: we need to start moving people away from some coastal areas, warns scientist

Climate change: we need to start moving people away from some coastal areas, warns scientist

French policy places a duty on local authorities to develop plans by 2020, identifying the areas at serious risk of coastal flooding or erosion, what needs to be relocated and how (including sources of funding).

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

In our research, we used Google search histories to measure the climate change awareness in different communities, and to show how awareness maps (like the one below) can help better target funding and resources.

The 15 New Fall Shows We're Most Excited About

The 15 New Fall Shows We're Most Excited About

Carrey plays Jeff Piccirillo (or, as young fans of his' TV puppet show know him, "Mr. Pickles"), and things aren't great for Jeff; he lost one of his twin sons a year earlier, and is trying to navigate fraught relationships with his ex-wife (Judy Greer) and both his colleaugue/sister (Catherine Keener) and his producer/father (Frank Langella), all while remaining an icon of gentle positivity to the world at large.

News Article: FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives

News Article: FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives

11 June 2018, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is supporting ten projects in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to lay the groundwork for climate-resilient adaptation initiatives, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme.

News Article: Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

News Article: Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

10 July 2018, Rome - New analysis and modelling released today by FAO and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people.

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

At present, climate change risks are generally carried by the asset owner through the Force Majeure provisions of the contract, and treated as ‘unforeseen’ events, with repair costs reimbursed to the contractor. Explore the full report: Incorporating Climate Adaptation Risks to Performance Based Contracting

Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

The resulting analysis shows – for the first time – that the cost effectiveness of nature-based (green), artificial (gray) and policy solutions (like regulations) for reducing risk from storms and sea level rise can be directly compared – quantitatively – (apples to apples, so to speak) to one another across a region as large as the Gulf of Mexico.