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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The worst time for a pandemic – how coronavirus and seasonal floods are causing hunger in the remote Amazon

Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.

Patricia Carignano Torres, Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Security and Conservation, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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