Monthly Archives: March 2012

SciELO Brasil remains the leader among scientific publication portals

By Elton Alisson

Agência FAPESP – Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) Brasil continues to be the leader among the largest free, open access portals of scientific information worldwide.

This title follows the release of the new Ranking Web of World Repositories, known as Webometrics, which measures the visibility of repositories of scientific information on the main internet search engines.

Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, March 28th, 2012
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RIO+20 expected to focus on inclusive green economy

By Fábio de Castro

Agência FAPESP – The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), to be held in Brazil this June, will not have the same legislative character as ECO-92, whose legacy permanently transformed the world’s perspective on the environment. However, RIO+20 could have a world impact of similar magnitude to ECO-92 if it manages to overcome the challenge of integrating the three pillars of sustainable development in a balanced manner. These pillars correspond to environmental, economic and social considerations.

Source and Photo: FAPESP, March 28th, 2012
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Research seeks to produce enzymes for whitening cellulose

By Flora Serra

Agência FAPESP – Enzymes are among the most remarkable biomolecules. They are proteins that possess catalytic properties to accelerate chemical reactions that occur inside and outside of organisms. Enzymes have been used extensively, including by the pharmaceutical industry, to increase the efficiency of processes or reduce the costs and environmental impacts of some chemical compounds.

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Source and Photo: Agência Fapesp, March 21st, 2012
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Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness

Science – Debate over the productivity-richness relationship (PRR) has been strongly influenced by the way that scientific motives influence how theories are evaluated. Analyses of how scientists participate in the process of theory maturation (1) point out that attachment to particular explanations can result in a tendency to overlook inadequacies and contradictions.

Source – Science, March 23rd, 2012
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Brazil Soars in Clean Energy Rankings

By Robin Yapp

Renewable Energy World – There is an old joke that says Brazil is the country of the future – and always will be. But with rapid economic growth, the government claiming that some 40 million people have been lifted out of poverty in the past decade and the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on the horizon, it seems the joke is about to fall flat. Brazil’s time has arrived and the country of sun, sea and samba is keen to showcase itself to the world as a positive example of how to exploit renewable energy sources as well as how to perform on the football pitch.

Source and Photo: Renewable Energy World, September 28th, 2011
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Co-products and biomass waste are raw materials for chemicals products

Embrapa Agroenergy – – In the last years, considerable effort has been expended for the use of co-products and waste processes to convert biomass to add value to productive chains and reduce potential environmental impacts.

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Earth Warming Faster Than Expected

Science – Results of climate simulations that best match observations since 1960 (those depicted in darker shades of blue) suggest that global average temperature in 2050 will be between 1.4°C and 3°C warmer than the global average measured between 1961 and 1990.
By 2050, global average temperature could be between 1.4°C and 3°C warmer than it was just a couple of decades ago, according to a new study that seeks to address the largest sources of uncertainty in current climate models. That’s substantially higher than estimates produced by other climate analyses, suggesting that Earth’s climate could warm much more quickly than previously thought.

Source: Science, March 25th, 2012
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