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Global Temperature Could Reach the 2ºC Threshold by 2050

Pledges by 189 nations are inadequate to slow climate change Without additional action and advanced technologies, global emissions are expected to be 33 percent above the 2ºC pathway in 2030 A new analysis finds that the 2°C (3.6º F) temperature target, the threshold for the world to avoid the worst effects of climate change, could be reached as soon as 2050, say seven of the world’s best climate scientists.


New Vaccine is Effective against Ebola in Large Trial in Guinea

Results on a new vaccine to protect against Ebola indicate a high level of efficacy in a trial of more than 4,000 persons in close contact with the deadly virus in Guinea, one of the three West African countries stricken by Ebola. The Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal, published the results of the trials on-line on July 31. The trial results indicate that the new vaccine called VSV-ZEBOV is 100 percent efficacious in about 10 days after being administered to a person without the infection.


Nothing Escapes The Global Ear: Nuclear Tests, Volcanoes, Earthquakes or Meteors

From earthquakes in Nepal to volcanic eruptions in Chile, from meteors crashing to Earth to the songs of migrating whales in the Indian Ocean, The Global Ear hears all. This universal system of looking, listening and sniffing the Earth is the work of an international organization, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization or CTBTO.


Preterm Birth Now Leading Global Killer of Young Children

For the first time in history, the complications of preterm birth outrank all other causes as the world's number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of five in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths, according to new findings published in The Lancet by a research team coordinated by Robert Black, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, together with World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


Powerful synergies across different sectors improve health of poor women and children

New studies have uncovered the specific interventions and advances that have led to the success with these at-risk populations in the poorest countries. New research across 142 countries finds that some 50 percent of the reduction in under-five child mortality in those countries is attributable to high impact health interventions such as early immunizations and skilled birth attendance.