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Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

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At 77,220 sq miles, the Pantanal in western Brazil is the world’s largest wetland. Seasonal lakes and rivers meander through the vast interior marshland, tracing patterns on to the landscape. Photograph: Planet Labs

Wildfires in the US and Africa, tropical storms, and Bolivian salt flats are among the images captured by NASA and the ESA last month

August 24, 2017 — Pakistan’s Makran coast meets the Arabian Sea where the dry terrain contrasts sharply with the water. Sometimes coast and water overlap and sediment pours into the sea. Once river Continue reading Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

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An activist with a sign pasted on her mouth urging to resist Bolivian government plans for stripping Tipnis of its protected status. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

National park which is home to thousands of indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

August 15, 2017 — Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people. Continue reading Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

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Bolivians in La Paz fetch water from a tanker truck provided by officials of the Bolivian public water company, Epsas. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry

November 28, 2016 — The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years.  Continue reading Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

Zika spreads to Bolivia, infecting pregnant woman

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Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP
‘She has not traveled outside the country. This is a home-grown case.’

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Jan. 20, 2016) — A pregnant woman has been diagnosed with Zika in Bolivia, authorities said Tuesday, January 19, the first time the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects, has been transmitted here.

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Over 160,000 flee worst floods in 50 years

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Authorities estimated that it could take months for some affected areas to recover from the floods [AP]
Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia have been battered by heavy rains blamed on the El Niño phenomenon.

January 1, 2016 — More than 160,000 people have been displaced over the past several days by the heaviest floods to hit South America in 50 years.

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