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21 November 2013

Peru’s disappearing glaciers, a state of emergency in Brazil due to a caterpillar, and Rio de Janeiro’s sewage problems.

BRAZIL

Brazil has declared a state of emergency in Mato Grosso, its main crop growing state, due to an infestation from an invasive caterpillar in corn, soy and cotton crops. Last summer, the pests caused $4.7 billion in damage.

Peru’s climate change trail: open for business. Credit: twiga269 via Flickr.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”via @LatAmSci”]Rio de Janeiro is having sewage problems at the site of its future Olympic Park.[/inlinetweet]Story here.

More evidence has been found that humans arrived in South America 30,000 years ago, ahead of the theory that they came 17,000 years ago across Alaska’s Bering Strait.

CHILE

It looks as if Chile’s Darwin’s frog has gone extinct after succumbing to the fungus chytridiomycosis.

Chile has built an app to gather the best photos in astronomy from its observatories.

PERU

Glacial retreat is highly visible in the Peruvian Andes along a route being dubbed the “Climate Change Trail.”

COLOMBIA

Colombia’s indigenous communities in Tayrona National Park along its Caribbean coast have been awarded prior consultation for the development of the reserve.

MEXICO

Mexico has expanded by 20% the budget of its national council for science and technology.