Smallholder Latin American farmers are hoping to mitigate climate change by combining advanced technologies with traditional methods. In Brazil, farmers are using traditional drip irrigation and fertilization techniques; Uruguay is monitoring its soil, climate and water; Bolivia is hoping to use irrigation water from snowmelt; and Haiti is looking at flood-resistant seeds. Most of those projects are being funded by the World Bank.
Many agricultural pest of economic importance are not detectable by scientists and decision makers from Latin American countries because they lack the technical ability to do so, say UK researchers. The scientists used a model to estimate how many pests could be detected with an investment in research and development similar to that of the United States and concluded that developing countries, on average, have 205 agricultural pests undetected due to lack of investment.
A large camera on a telescope in Chile has observed a frozen planet that redefines the boundary of our solar system. The planet was named “2012 VP113” and has a strange orbit suggesting it was dragged to its current position.
Plans for the Chilean science ministry have been put on hold.