Acidic Oceans and Swine Flu

Here's a rundown of some of the stories we've been tracking on Science's policy blog, ScienceInsider:

Scientific academies have joined forces to warn world leaders about the dangers of ocean acidification. The InterAcademy Panel on International Issues, with members representing 69 countries, issued a statement this week recommending that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change take up the issue before the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December. The oceans are absorbing a quarter of industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, increasing their acidity and harming marine life.

India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, has named leaders with deep technical expertise to his cabinet. The new science minister is Prithviraj Chavan, a politician from western India who was educated as a mechanical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley. Singh appointed Kapil Sibal, a lawyer and respected former science minister, as minister of human resources development, which includes the education portfolio. Mechanical engineer Jairam Ramesh becomes minister of environment and forests. Read the details here.

ScienceInsider's ongoing coverage of the swine flu outbreak includes an analysis that contradicts the view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that cases in the country might have crested. Donald Olson, a New York City–based epidemiologist who runs the influenza-monitoring project at the International Society for Disease Surveillance, says his data show "massive increases" in Boston and New York City, which look "mild" in the CDC regional data. Olson says New York City's drop and then rise in cases may soon be repeated around the country.

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