2017 Sustainability Breakthroughs: China Denounces Coal, Chile Goes Solar, and Guinea Tackles Sleeping Sickness

Atacama Desert Solar Panels

How Chile Turned the Atacama Desert Into a Solar Energy Factory (The Washington Post)

The oldest and driest desert on earth, the Atacama Desert is famous for its unbearable heat that only a few microbial species can survive. But it can generate a nearly infinite amount of solar power. Here’s how the Chilean government is using this harsh, unlivable landscape to fuel a green ecology.

Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: Microbial Ecology

China Poised to Take Lead on Climate (The New York Times)

In the last decade, China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest energy consumer and carbon dioxide emitter, and today it consumes as much coal as does the rest of the world. But this year, the country made a commitment to renewable energy. The Chinese government wants to take over the role of the U.S. as a climate leader, and that goal is included in the country’s five-year plans.

Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy

We Can Beat Ebola. Now Let’s Vanquish The Sleeping Sickness.  (Mosaic Science)

Infectious and parasitic diseases remain the biggest killers, accounting for one-fourth of the global disease burden. One story investigates how to beat sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease transmitted through the bites of the Tsetse flies, which proves fatal if left untreated.

Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: Clinical Infectious Diseases


JSTOR Citations

Isolation of UVC-Tolerant Bacteria from the Hyperarid Atacama Desert, Chile

By: Ivan Gláucio Paulino-Lima, Armando Azua-Bustos, Rafael Vicuña, Carlos González-Silva, Loreto Salas, Lia Teixeira, Alexandre Rosado, Alvaro Augusto da Costa Leitao and Claudia Lage

Microbial Ecology, Vol. 65, No. 2 (February 2013), pp. 325-335


Will China Lead the World into a Clean-energy Future?


Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 5-10

International Association for Energy Economics

Combating Tropical Infectious Diseases: Report of the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries Project

By: Peter J. Hotez, Jan H. F. Remme, Paulo Buss, George Alleyne, Carlos Morel and Joel G. Breman

Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 38, No. 6 (Mar. 15, 2004), pp. 871-878

Oxford University Press

Lina Zeldovich

Lina Zeldovich grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about volcanoes and black holes. Since then, she has edited science features at the Nautilus Magazine, won two awards for a story about poo, and covered topics ranging from an illegal orca trade in China to a toilet revolution in Madagascar. She holds a master degree from Columbia J-School and has written for Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Audubon, Mosaic Science and Hakai Magazine, among other publications.

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