What the world can learn from clean energy transitions in India, China and Brazil

Our research identified three key lessons.

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china brazil solar-power india energy-transition biofuel ethanol clean-energy leds solar-photovoltaics

In the Amazon, forest degradation is outpacing full deforestation

Forest that has been disturbed – but not cleared – by logging or fire can be hard to spot from satellites.

Tommaso Jucker, Research Fellow and Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change brazil deforestation amazon-forest forest-degradation

Fight fire with trade: how Europe can help save the Amazon

The proposed EU-Mercosur deal would guarantee cheap beef and lock in further deforestation. But our new research shows it is possible to transform trade for the better.

Laura Kehoe, Researcher in Conservation Decision Science and Land Use, University of Oxford • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: brazil argentina uruguay paraguay

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires

Fires that burn the forest burn crops and pastures alike. But farmers in the eastern Amazon are left with few good options.

Rachael Garrett, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture brazil farming amazon-fires wildfires forest-fires fire-risk

5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren't true

The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.

Geoffrey Joyce, Director of Health Policy, USC Schaeffer Center, and Associate Professor, University of Southern California • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  health  covid-19  coronavirus  brazil  donald-trump  herd-immunity  economy  misinformation  jair-bolsonaro  cdc  myths  denial

Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

This early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 2, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation brazil jair-bolsonaro amazon-rainforest

COVID-19 is deadlier for black Brazilians, a legacy of structural racism that dates back to slavery

In Brazil, black COVID-19 patients are dying at higher rates than white patients. Worse housing quality, working conditions and health care help to explain the pandemic's racially disparate toll.

Edna Maria de Araújo, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, State University of Feira de Santana (Brazil) • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus south-america brazil latin-america racism structural-racism health-equity social-determinants-of-health access-to-healthcare afro-brazilians racial-injustice human-development

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Florida and Texas beginning this summer – silver bullet or jumping the gun?

Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.

Natalie Kofler, Levenick Resident Scholar in Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  brazil  zika  malaysia  risk-assessment  florida  mosquitoes  dengue  population-control  aedes-aegypti  oxitec  mosquito-control  gm-mosquitoes

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is devastating indigenous lands, with the world distracted

A repeat of 2019's disastrous fire season is possible in 2020, and it would have dire consequences.

Mauricio Torres, Professor in Human Geography, Federal University of Pará • conversation
May 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus amazon pandemic brazil deforestation amazon-fires jair-bolsonaro tropical-forest

How leadership in various countries has affected COVID-19 response effectiveness

Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus leadership brazil communication new-zealand coronavirus-testing germany coronavirus-response nicaragua

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