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Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

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The increasing frequency of storms is hindering the beaches’ ability to recuperate, leading to erosion along stretches of the shoreline at Copacabana beach and others. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defenses are ill-equipped to cope

November 1, 2016 — Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, Continue reading Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

Landslides, zika and beach loss – Rio de Janeiro prepares for climate change

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Favelas on the steep slopes around Rio are vulnerable to rain storms and landslides (Pic: Flickr/- Adam Reeder -)

As the Brazilian city hosts half a million tourists and 10,000 athletes for the Olympic games, CDP submission shows multiple global warming threats

August 7, 2016 — The day of the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the mood is jittery. Continue reading Landslides, zika and beach loss – Rio de Janeiro prepares for climate change

Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

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ZIKA VIRUS. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika, no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (May 24, 2016) — Brazilian scientists said Monday, May 23, they have found the first hard evidence the Zika virus blamed for causing brain damage in hundreds of babies is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Continue reading Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector

Zika outbreak won’t compromise Olympics

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. AFP file photo
Meanwhile, a health official warns that Zika is likely to spread to densely populated areas of the country

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 14, 2016) — The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won’t compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Saturday, February 13, as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak.

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Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

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BURST OF COLOR. Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP
Brazilians enjoy the glitzy spectacle, determined not to let the Zika outbreak ruin their partying

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 8, 2016) — Dancers – some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes – strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival’s samba championship Monday, February 8, Continue reading Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

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SHOW GOES ON. The King Momo, Wilson Dias (R), dances with the Queen of the Carnival Clara Paixao (L) after receiving the Keys of the City, which represents the official opening of the Carnival of Rio in Brazil on February 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA
At the Zika epicenter, Brazil is simultaneously fighting mosquitoes and insisting that tourists face no danger at the Carnival or when they come to Rio in 6 months for the Summer Olympics.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 7, 2016) — A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito’s paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday, February 6, Continue reading Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

POC monitoring Zika outbreak in lead-up to Rio Olympics

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DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016, to fight the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA
‘It is a potential health problem … not only for our athletes but for everyone else should they get infected’

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said it is closely monitoring the worsening Zika outbreak in Latin America, which comes months before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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