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Pakistan project wins award for shielding villages from natural disasters

Pakistan mapping verification

Thomson Reuters Foundation A project that combines satellite images, mapping technologies and the local knowledge of villagers to help build climate-proof settlements in disaster-prone areas of Pakistan won an international award last week. More than one million people have benefited from the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan project, which was a gold prize […]

Australian telescope maps deep space at record speed

Australia Murchison WA radio telescopes

Melbourne, AustraliaReuters A powerful new telescope in outback Australia has mapped vast areas of the universe in record-breaking time, revealing a million new galaxies and opening the way to new discoveries, the country’s national science agency said on Tuesday. The A$188 million radio telescope, dubbed the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), was able to […]

Best-kept secret? Google move shows mapping risks

Australia Uluru climbing ban

Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation A request by Australian authorities for Google to remove photographs of the top of a sacred Indigenous site has sparked a debate on how to better protect such places and whether mapping tools are increasing privacy and conservation risks. Parks Australia, which is responsible for the national park where Uluru is […]

Tackling coronavirus hotspots in city slums hindered by lack of data

Coronavirus Nepal queue

Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation Containing coronavirus hotspots in sprawling city slums has been made harder by a dearth of reliable data, urban experts said on Wednesday, calling for more extensive mapping and surveys to help deal with the global health crisis. The pandemic has infected more than 3.5 million people globally, with about 250,000 deaths […]

Australian researchers map immune response to coronavirus

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australian researchers said on Tuesday they have mapped the immune responses from one of country’s first coronavirus patients, findings that the health minister said were an important step in developing a vaccine and treatment. The coronavirus has infected more than 168,000 people worldwide and killed at least 6,610, according to the World Health […]

Kenya maps first ‘Climate Atlas’ to battle future food losses

Kenya Drought

Nairobi, KenyaThomson Reuters Foundation Kenya will launch its first localised weather modelling system early next year, providing key data on how climate change will impact crop production across the east African nation in the decades to come, the project’s founder said on Tuesday. Developed by researchers at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, […]