Planète Science par région: Amériques

  • 60 years of the double helix (2013, EN), on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and how it ushered it a revolution in medicine, agriculture, criminal investigation, insurance and even archaeology and palaeontology. US scientists contributed to this revolution.
  • Sailing the Seas for Science (2013, EN,) interview on the current expedition of the Tara schooner, which is circumnavigating the Arctic Ocean to analyse the impact of the melting ice pack on marine life
  • Protecting a Land of Fire and Ice (2013, EN, ESGER), on the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile, the southernmost biosphere reserve in the world
  • Genetic pollution is Permanent (2013, EN), interview of an American expert on the ethical implications of synthetic biology, which borrows techniques from engineering to create new life forms
  • The Risks Associated with Large-scale Foreign Land Acquisitions (2012, EN, ES, FR), interview on the implications for developing countries of this growing trend towards what has been termed agrarian neocolonialism, with examples from Argentina, Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania
  • Putting a Price on Conservation (2012, EN, ES, FR), on how the Serra do Espinhaço Biosphere Reserve in Brazil is rewarding municipalities which protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the world’s most intensely mined biosphere reserve
  • Weathering Uncertainty in the Arctic (2012, EN, ES, FR), on how indigenous peoples and scientists are working together to monitor climate change in the Arctic
  • What Future for Biodiversity? (2012, EN, ES, FR), on the threat that climate change in particular poses to biodiversity, with an emphasis on North America
  • Darwin Lives! (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the 19th century journey which shaped Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory on the evolution of species and how geoparks and some World Heritage sites bear testimony to the evolution of life on Earth.
  • The Life and Death of Stars (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of a Brazilian scientist on the stars in the Universe in general and our Sun in particular
  • Teeth will Help to Shape the Future of Stem Cell Research (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), interview of a Brazilian scientist on research that may one day make it possible to repair tooth decay and engineer healthy tissue
  • Mayangna Knowledge Deep in the Heart of Mesoamerica (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on this indigenous people’s struggle to protect one of the last extensive areas of Central American tropical rainforest, in the Boswas and Rio Platano Biosphere Reserves in Nicaragua and Honduras respectively
  • A Bad Year for Caribbean Corals (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on how exceptionally warm waters bleached much of the coral in the Caribbean
  • Why a Warmer World will be a Sicker World (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of an American expert on how a warmer climate will allow vector-transmitted diseases to extend their geographical range, with examples from the Americas and elsewhere
  • Caribbean Science under the Microscope (2005, EN, FR), on the state of science, technology and innovation in the English-speakign countries of the Caribbean, based on the findings of the UNESCO Science Report 2005
  • Cuban Science: a Jewel in the Caribbean Crown (2005, EN, FR), on the reasons why Cuba is an exception in the Caribbean region, based on the findings of the UNESCO Science Report 2005
  • Buried Treasure in the Americas (2005, EN, FR), on cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in sharing aquifers, within a wider project to map transboundary aquifers in the Americas
  • Small Islands Step into the Limelight (2004, EN, FR), on the socio-economic and environmental challenges facing small islands in the run-up to the adoption of the Mauritius Strategy in 2005
  • Journey to the Highest Lake in the World (2003, EN, FR), case study of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru, and its indigenous populations, taken from the first World Water Development Report


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