Favolaschia è un genere di fungo molto strano, infestante, originario dei tropici. Ma la globalizzazione l'ha portato anche nei nostri boschi! Questo sito non parla di funghi, ma favolaschia mi sembrava un nome significativo e evocativo di qualcosa di simile a quello che qui viene raccontato...

27 febbraio 2008

Agencies target female mutilation
A range of United Nations agencies are calling for the practice of female genital mutilation to be ended within the space of a generation.

95% of UK Kids Show Real Concern about Global Warming
New research in the UK shows that 95% of kids between the ages of 4 and 15 questioned were 'concerned' by global warming, with more than half describing themselves as being 'very concerned'. And three out of four felt they were more fluent on the topic than their parents.

Spain Sizes Up Fashion World's Measuring Stick
Spain is updating its body measurements and encouraging standardization of women's sizes to make shopping easier. It's part of the country's ongoing push for realistic contours in models and mannequins so women can enjoy more self-acceptance.

Indian City Opens Doorway to Female Hindu Priests
While women are barred from Hindu temples in some other parts of India, women in the city of Pune are studying the priesthood at two schools and conducting ceremonies. Eighth in a series on the changing role of women in India.

TRASH 39-year-old man fails in attempt to pass as high school girl
39-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo when he tried to enter a high school wearing a long wig and a girl's school uniform.

(?) Africa: Tool for Deciding On Food Vs Fuel
As more countries weigh the pros and cons of biofuel production, a new decision-support tool has been developed to ensure they do not compromise their food production and security.

First look at vast 'book of life'
BBC News, 26 February 2008
The first 30,000 pages have been unveiled of a vast encyclopedia which aims to catalogue every one of our planet's 1.8 million species.

Fish species found in old outback uranium mine
Reuters, 26 February 2008
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists announced the discovery of a new species of freshwater fish on Tuesday, two decades after it was sighted in a disused uranium mine in the outback Northern Territory.

???Malaria Can Be Beaten In Many Places, Map Shows
Planet Ark, 26 February 2008
LONDON - Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds, yet in many parts of the world the disease is hanging on by a thread and could be wiped out by concerted action, researchers said on Tuesday.

(vecchia) Busy Beavers Can Help Ease Drought
Science Daily, 26 February 2008
ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2008) — They may be considered pests, but beaver can help mitigate the effects of drought, and because of that, their removal from wetlands to accommodate industrial, urban and agricultural demands should be avoided, according to a new University of Alberta study.

(UK) Coming to Britain: The Invasive Garden Ant, which kills off native species and can withstand freezing temperatures
Daily Mail (UK), 26 February 2008
Britain could soon be under attack from a "very aggressive" species of foreign ant. The Invasive Garden Ant, which originates from around the Black Sea, has already been found in France and Belgium.