September 20, 2018

Birth defects cluster not just down to Zika

Pin It

By: Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade From Sci Dev Net Speed read Unusual cluster of microcephaly probed in northeastern Brazil Number of cases increased 20-fold from 2010 to 2015 Poverty, poor environmental management may increase risk [SAO PAULO] The Zika virus may not have acted alone to cause an unusual cluster of microcephaly cases in northeastern […]

How whale poop could counter calls to resume commercial hunting

Pin It

By Mike Shanahan From Scientific American Whales’ fecal matter feeds the ocean, giving conservationists another argument for saving them on August 28, 2018 Before whales dive into the darkness of the deep ocean they often come to the surface and release a huge plume of fecal matter—which can be the color of over-steeped green tea […]

Shell oil traders trade one Caribbean paradise for another

Pin It

By Julia Payne From Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s oil traders in the Caribbean island of Barbados are getting ready for a tough gig – they’re being moved to the Bahamas next month. The relocation of the oil and gas company’s trading hub for Latin America will make travel to customers in the […]

Environmental destruction thrives on tax havens, says paper

Pin It

BY AISHA KEHOE DOWN From OCCRP It’s not just hedonistic politicians: illegal fishing, deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation thrive off of the protections offered by the world’s tax havens, according to a new paper by researchers at Stockholm University. The paper, published online on Monday in Nature, examines two global environmental commons–the world’s […]

Fugitive murder accuse walks free after police ‘showed no interest’

Pin It

By Dennis Adonis From Guyana Guardian A Guyanese man who is wanted in connection with a murder investigation here, was released by the authorities in Brazil after the Guyana Police Force allegedly showed no interest in having the fugitive returned here to face justice. The fugitive was fingered in the murder of 22-year-old Rockie Pedro […]

Chocolate, bioterrorism and the birth of Brazilian funk

Pin It

By Megan Giller, From engadget Is a plot to topple the aristocracy to blame for the collapse of cacao in Brazil? In the 1990s, the cacao farmers of Brazil fell into a collective depression. Some hanged themselves, others dosed themselves with rat poison, still others walked around crying and saying they didn’t have anything to […]

Aphria plans for global cannabis leadership with international expansion acquiring leading assets in Latin America and the Caribbean

Pin It

PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Aphria medical brands to gain exposure to over 300 million people, roughly 9 times the size of Canada LEAMINGTON, ON, July 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX: APH and US OTC: APHQF) is proud to announce the Company’s planned expansion into Latin America and the Caribbean […]

Harvesting rain could help Caribbean countries keep the water on after hurricanes

Pin It

By Cecilia A. Green, Syracuse University and Farah Nibbs, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Conversation From Latino Rebels After hurricanes Maria and Irma hit last September, it took Puerto Rico until this June to restore water to most residents. Those living in rural and hard-to-reach mountainous areas waited […]

How ‘self-limiting’ mosquitoes can help eradicate malaria

Pin It

From Wired Next month, in a laboratory an hour outside of London, scientists will begin stitching bits of DNA together and inserting them into hundreds of tiny, cucumber-shaped insect eggs. It’s the first step toward engineering a new kind of mosquito—the kind that could help eradicate malaria on this side of the Prime Meridian. The […]

Neymar fouled 10 times

Pin It

Brazil’s talisman striker was fouled more times than any World Cup player in 20 years in their first match By Tom Murray From Business Insider Brazil was held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday in their first 2018 World Cup match. The match was full of fouls — 30 in total — 10 […]