Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

For months, these researchers had been periodically doing similar genomic surveillance work to keep tabs on the dozens of strains of SARS-CoV-2 that were circulating around the country, looking for any problematic mutations in the virus’s spike protein.

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

Last month, he was the only bird to return safely with his tracker intact.“It’s an amazingly long migration,” says Chris Hewson, senior research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, who said Onon’s 26,000-kilometer round trip was one of the longest journeys recorded by any land bird.

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

But with schools closed for more than 1.3 billion schoolchildren worldwide, natural disasters can provide researchers with useful insight into a question they, and locked-down parents everywhere, are now asking: will the coronavirus shutdown have a long-term impact on children.

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

In response to COVID-19, FAO has been collecting information and carrying out analysis, at regional and country level, on the pandemic's likely consequences on agriculture and food security, which will feed into a global data facility.

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

17 June 2019, Rome - Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

Figure 2: Community Emissions Profile for Cotonou, Benin (Source: EDGE Cities) Some recommendations include the promotion of solar rooftops, public transportation, green building standards for new construction, energy performance labels for existing buildings, improved solid waste and waste water treatment, and vehicle electrification.

Hollywood-Style Photos Show How Wildlife and Humans Collide

Hollywood-Style Photos Show How Wildlife and Humans Collide

This "second-stage" photography alone took two months with the crew working mostly at night, a process Brandt described as "brutal." The resulting photographs were digitally combined with the wildlife shots to create seamless images of animals wandering through a human-made habitat.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Despite growing demand for home solar systems and other off-grid renewable energy solutions in Africa and Asia, there is a growing shortage of job-ready talent to finance, develop, install, operate and manage these systems.

The rise of local mapping communities

The rise of local mapping communities

OpenDRI started its work with OSM by supporting the growth of local mapping communities in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including through the Open Cities Project.

Jennifer Lentfer

Jennifer Lentfer

WriterJennifer Lentfer is a writer and consultant that champions responsive, small grant-making mechanisms supporting local leaders and organizations in the developing world. Serving with various international organizations over the past decade, she has worked with over 300 grassroots groups in sub-Saharan Africa.Blogging on: Social Enterprise Innovations

News Article: Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region

News Article: Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region

"We need to perceive and manage droughts differently, and shift from emergency response to more pro-active policy and long-term planning to reduce risks and build greater resilience," said Rene Castro, FAO's Assistant Director-General, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.