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Coastal Risks

Scientists Identify Hotspots of Coastal Risks in Latin America and the...

The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study...
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Breaking the Cycle of Forest Loss in the Amazon

The Amazon is at risk of what has been described as a ‘die-back circle’, where forest loss increases as a result of reduced rainfall...
tropical disease

Under the Radar

Chagas disease is caused by the unicellular protozoan parasiteTrypanosoma cruzi, which is endemic to many parts of Latin America. It is estimated that somewhere...
Renewable energy

Renewables Represent Opportunity for Latin American Energy Integration

Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power, and fuel from biomass such as ethanol and other biofuels, represent an opportunity for...
Cadmium

Cadmium, Cocoa Beans and Chocolate

A few years ago, the press picked up on worrying reports by German scientists that dark chocolate can sometimes contain significant amounts of cadmium,...
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Does Having Mixed Ancestry Help Protect You from Motor Neurone Disease?

Could the key to unlocking the secret of motor neurone disease lie in the collaboration between two small island nations, Ireland and Cuba? Researchers...
enzyme

Targeting Neglected Diseases

Scientists at MIT and the University of São Paulo in Brazil have identified the structure of an enzyme that could be a good target...
agricultural drone

An agricultural drone with a piercing gaze

EPFL spin-off Gamaya has just raised 3.2 million francs for its agricultural drone system. The system combines a miniature hyperspectral camera and artificial intelligence...
nose shape

Genes for nose shape found

Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a UCL-led study. 
tropical forests

Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest...

Climate scientists have long recognized the importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration -- capturing carbon dioxide (CO2)...
greenhouse gas

Plant-based diets could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse...

A global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by...
greenhouse gas

World’s livestock industry offers huge potential for greenhouse gas reduction

The massive global livestock industry holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gases from the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector, but actual reductions in the...
deformed wing virus

Bee epidemic linked to colony trafficking

Just as world travel is contributing to the Zika virus epidemic spreading through Latin America and into North America, so too is world traffic...
sequestering carbon

Secondary tropical forests absorb carbon at higher rate

Researchers find that regenerated tropical forests exhibit a high level of resilience and play a much larger role in sequestering carbon than previously thought.
zika

Mosquito genetics may help address Zika crisis

Professor Jeffrey Powell began working on the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus when he was an undergraduate student 49 years ago. He has...
insecticides

Potential breakthrough in biological insecticides

A new generation of biological insecticides for pest control are being developed by researchers at Brazil’s Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and the...