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Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - home of the 2016 summer olympics

Glory Eclipsed by Shame at the Rio Summer Games: A Social and Environmental Review of Brazil in 2016

Rio Olympic Games Special Feature : Brazil, the good, the bad, and ugly¬† Brazil is a complex amalgam of sustainability successes alongside epic social and environmental fails. The interplay of heroes and villains in Brazilian society sometimes makes it hard to differentiate one from the other. Brazil is a study in contrasts as illustrated by the incongruous site of lavish…

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Lead to Increase in Marine Pathogens and Infections

In a landmark research paper an international team of marine microbiologists concludes that rising sea surface temperatures are leading to population booms of the marine pathogen Vibrio cholerae and other members of the genus in Northern Atlantic waters.

Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, living in the Russian Arctic Circle town of Salekhard have been hospitalized since reindeer began dying en masse due to an anthrax outbreak that scientists linked to rising temperatures, which is causing permafrost to thaw.

New Approaches Needed as Blazing Hot, Dry Conditions Lead to Longer, More Intense Wildfires

High temperatures and lack of precipitation have brought an early onset to the wildfire season, highlighting a continuing trend that requires improving the way we manage landscapes to enhance their resilience, according to the U.S. Interior Dept.

University students at Anyang Normal University, Christmas Day, 2013, Henan Province, China. Cognitive impacts air pollution.

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Impairment: A Review of the Research Evidence

A growing body of research demonstrates that air pollution affects the brain and causes cognitive deficits. When inhaled, fine particulate matter has been shown to be bad for your heart, lungs, and brain. While we have known that air pollution compromises cardiovascular and respiratory health since the 70s, the connection with impaired cognition is a more recent discovery. Inhaled fine…

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FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.