Fair Play to Cadbury as More Countries Go Fairtrade

cadbury-launches-fairtrade-dairy-milk-4551541Cadbury has announced that its Dairy Milk chocolate brand will be sold under the Fairtrade logo in New Zealand and Australia by next Easter.

The move follows British Cadbury’s ensuring that all Dairy Milk in Britain and Ireland is sold under the Fairtrade logo by the end of the 2009 summer, which is now in process.

The move to Fairtrade produce comes at no extra cost to the consumer, and the expansion of this policy to Australia and New Zealand means that about a quarter of Cadbury Dairy Milk global sales will be Fairtrade certified in 2010.

Cadbury’s increasing international commitment to Fairtrade, securing fair minimum prices for developing world producers on a range of products such as coffee and chocolate, transforms Fairtrade chocolate from a niche product to a mainstream staple, making the decisons¬†landmark steps.

More Accurate Weather Reports Forecast

A research breakthrough by engineers at Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) may lead to more accurate global weather forecasts and a better understanding of climate change.

The engineers have developed a high performance electronic device, a dual polarized Frequency Selective Surface filter, that can be used in future European space missions. The devices, which are just 30mm in diameter and 1/100mm thick, will be installed in instruments being developed for European Space Agency (ESA) meteorological satellites, used to detect thermal emissions in the atmosphere.

By measuring temperature, humidity profiles, and gas composition, these filters compile a range of new data such as ozone depletion and the size of water particles within clouds, which can be used to help forecast weather and pollution more accurately. However with the new technology only scheduled to be fitted into satellites launching between 2018 and 2020, we may well have a few more years of dodgy forecasts to put up with.

‘Dead’ Baby Comes Back To Life

A baby born won 16 weeks premature was declared dead by doctors at a state-run hospital in Asuncion,  capital of Paraguay, only to wake up hours later.

Dr. Ernesto Weber, head of pediatric care, has said that the baby weighed just 500 grams at birth, had practically no respiratory reflexes and staff could not detect a heartbeat, causing them to declare the foetus dead. A death certificate was issued, and the child was placed in temporary cardboard coffin.

When the family took him from the hospital to prepare for a funeral, the impossible became possible. A family member took the baby out and he suddenly began to cry, before starting to move his legs, and arms, terrifying the family who believed him to be dead.The baby is now in an incubator, and is in a stable condition, and the hospital is beginning an investigation.