Environment
 

mar 26, 2019 | Copacabana receives project against ocean pollution

Every year about 70 whales die off the US coast trapped in abandoned fishing nets. These nets are the main cause of death of whales, turtles and other marine animals in the Atlantic Ocean. A sad reality that begins to change thanks to a partnership of the International Volleyball Federation (FIBV) and the marine conservation group Ghost Fishing Foundation. The two entities have just launched, at Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, a project to recover discarded fishing nets in the world's oceans. The idea is that they become volleyball nets.
 

mar 14, 2019 | Project recovers the environment of University City in Rio

An environmental recovery project is changing the landscape of the University City, in Rio's Northern Zone. Dozens of birds fly over the area every day for seeds and insects. They are part of a group of 199 species of birds already identified on the campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), such as great kiskadees, southern crested caracaras, owls, hawks, rooks, herons, parrots, parakeets, woodpeckers, ruby-crowned tanager, tangaras, rufous-bellied thrush, among others.
 

feb 21, 2019 | Rio Zoo will become a biopark

Animals walking about, humans ‘locked up’. The Rio de Janeiro zoo will become a biopark and its approximately 950 animals will have large areas to enjoy, like their natural habitats. Concerning the works, which began six months ago, the public will walk around on overpasses, acrylic tunnels and even boats.
 

feb 18, 2019 | Rio research allows resuscitation of dead corals

Coral reefs account for only 0.01% of the seabed, but for 27% of marine biodiversity. In other words, they shelter one in four species, including 65% of the fish. The numbers, which attest to the importance of this ecosystem, also justify the concern of thousands of scientists in the search for solutions that guarantee the conservation of corals, threatened by ocean pollution and global warming. A research by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in partnership with AquaRio, is the new hope to resuscitate dead zones around the planet.
 

feb 14, 2019 | Rio Zoo reproduces extinct bird in the state

It is estimated that one in every eight bird species worldwide is threatened with extinction. In Rio de Janeiro, the zoo has just taken an important step towards the conservation of a species that no longer inhabits the forests of the state due to predatory hunting in the 80’s. The park celebrates the birth of two cubs of black-fronted piping guan (Aburria jacutinga), typical birds of the Atlantic Forest. Products of incubation, the little ones have just been integrated into the nursery and can already be seen by visitors.
 

feb 11, 2019 | Rio’s Tijuca Forest receives 200 seedlings of native plants

A group of volunteers is engaged in preserving the world’s largest urban forest replanted by humans: the Tijuca Forest. The park is in the second largest metro area in Brazil, with 3.9 thousand hectares of Atlantic Forest, and has just received 200 seedlings of native trees. The planting was made in the area of Parque Lage, in neighborhood Jardim Botânico, in the South side of the city, and is aimed at raising the awareness of the population.
 

jan 31, 2019 | Partnership with Fiocruz changes reality of school in Rio

Have you ever imagined planting the food you are going to eat? What seems impossible for someone who lives in a big city like Rio de Janeiro, the second largest in Brazil, is becoming reality in a public school located in Taquara, West zone of the city. There, a partnership signed with Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, is changing the reality of hundreds of underprivileged students. And it is not just the meal that changed.
 

jan 08, 2019 | Rio gets a pilot plant to explore energy from waste

A national technology to process and explore energy from organic waste started being tested in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Installed in a processing plant of the City Company of Urban Cleaning (Comlurb), in the Caju neighborhood, the pilot plant has just completed a month in operation and is able to extract 100 to 150 cubic meters of biogas per processed tonne, with 50% - 60% of methane concentration.
 

nov 20, 2018 | Students from Rio create bioplastic that indicates food quality

Students and alumni of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have designed and produced a biodegradable plastic packaging that reveals the quality of the food. The product, called Plasticor, changes its color when the content is not suitable for consumption. Developed about a year ago, in the Xerém campus labs, the student-developed bioplastic is a sustainable option to avoid food waste.
 

nov 14, 2018 | Petrobras develops technology in Rio to disintegrate PET bottles

Apple of the industry's eyes, PET bottle is one of the planet's biggest environmental problems. Lack of reverse logistics and recycling programs make disposal a serious issue. Nevertheless, by 2021, the consumption of these bottles is expected to reach an incredible half a trillion units per year, an increase of 20% over current consumption. Researchers at Petrobras, looking for a solution to this issue, are developing a process to accelerate the degradation of the polymer that makes up PET bottles in up to seven days.
 

oct 17, 2018 | Radar to help in environmental recovery of bay in Rio de Janeiro

An innovative system launched this Wednesday (10th) by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) may contribute to reducing environmental impacts in the Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro. Based on a Norwegian maritime radar, researchers developed a system that will show the water dynamics with more details, and it will also allow a more accurate detection of floating garbage and a more efficient waste collection. The idea is also to use it to protect the environment in port regions, detecting and monitoring oil and chemical leaks.
 

sep 21, 2018 | World’s largest urban forest receives new signage

The Tijuca National Park, located in Rio de Janeiro, will receive 350 new guiding signs. More than 80 have already been installed in sectors of the Forest of Tijuca and Serra da Carioca, providing more safety to locals and tourists who visit the environmental preservation area. According to the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, which manages the park, the signs offer maps with up-to-date information on trails and tourist spots, as well as guidelines on standards and conscious behavior. Now all signs are bilingual.
 

sep 19, 2018 | Rio Aquarium receives fish from ecological sanctuary

A little bit of one of the largest marine reserves in the Atlantic Ocean, Ilha de Trindade - 1,200 kilometers off the Brazilian coast - can already be seen by those who visit the Rio de Janeiro Marine Aquarium, the largest in South America. Opened on August 31, 2017, the new space brings together fish that only exist in the archipelago that transformed into an Environmental Protection Area by the Brazilian government in March this year. It is the first time that an aquarium receives species from the sanctuary.
 

sep 10, 2018 | Giant crab is the new resident of the Rio aquarium

How about going on a sea bottom adventure to meet a giant crab? Got scared just to think of it? So, relax. You can already meet this creature, which seems to have come out of sci-fi films, without getting a single strand of hair wet. The Rio de Janeiro Marine Aquarium, the largest in South America, has recently inaugurated a new tank – called Mar Gelado (Cold Sea) – that houses the Japanese spider crab and the giant isopod, rarely seen by humans in their habitat.
 

aug 22, 2018 | Rio reintroduces animals to preserve the Tijuca Forest

How about going on a sea bottom adventure to meet a giant crab? Got scared just to think of it? So, relax. You can already meet this creature, which seems to have come out of sci-fi films, without getting a single strand of hair wet. The Rio de Janeiro Marine Aquarium, the largest in South America, has recently inaugurated a new tank – called Mar Gelado (Cold Sea) – that houses the Japanese spider crab and the giant isopod, rarely seen by humans in their habitat.
 

aug 20, 2018 | Rio is the first South American capital to ban plastic straws

Since last Saturday (18th), Rio de Janeiro became the first capital in South America to definitively ban the use of disposable plastic straws in tents, kiosks, bars and restaurants. This was the deadline for all establishments in the city to adapt to the law that prohibits the distribution of this product. From that moment on, all establishments should use and provide their customers with straws made of biodegradable and/or recyclable material individually wrapped in similar material.
 

jul 25, 2018 | Rio to welcome seven Nobel laureates to debate sustainability

Since last Saturday (18th), Rio de Janeiro became the first capital in South America to definitively ban the use of disposable plastic straws in tents, kiosks, bars and restaurants. This was the deadline for all establishments in the city to adapt to the law that prohibits the distribution of this product. From that moment on, all establishments should use and provide their customers with straws made of biodegradable and/or recyclable material individually wrapped in similar material.