RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

World map counts carbon emissions – and more – as they happen

24 March, 2011 by (comments)

This fascinating “live” map from Breathing Earth allows you to roll over different countries of the world to see their carbon dioxide emissions and birth/death rates. Just in the couple of minutes spent typing this post, China has emitted 24,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, 92 people have been born in India (and only two in Chad), and the worldRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

CIAT and ICRAF are “good news” for Africa – The Economist

27 November, 2009 by (comments)

The work CIAT and its CGIAR sister-center the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) to digitally map African soils has drawn praise from leading current affairs magazine, The Economist. The article Harvest Moon describes some novel uses of satellite technology to analyze and improve agricultural productivity. It explains how satellites can record electromagnetic radiation reflected by farmland to establish a “radiationRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Regions