Francesco Fiondella

Science communication occupies a lot of my brain space, even when I'm not in the office at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, where I oversee communications. I take lots of photos, too. Find out more about me at FrancescoFiondella.com.

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The sprayer, Caroline Obinju Ocholla, is 33 yrs old, married with 4 children - 5,8,10, and 12 years old. She currently volunteers as a CHV. She is doing this work to help the community but also to save money to help her family. She is motivated by the wages being paid for the work, the respect she recieves from the community (they trust her), her daughters and her spouse who is happy she is bringing in income and supports her. She also says community members prefer female sprayers. Some call her and specifically ask for her to spray their houses. In the future she hopes to be a hairdresser. 
Photo by Jessica Scranton/AIRS

Seasonal Changes in Climate May Muddle Results of Malaria Interventions in Africa

A new climate study shows that some countries in sub-Saharan Africa may be underestimating the impact of their malaria control activities, while others may be underestimating their success.

by |September 27, 2017
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New Program Will Tackle Public Health Threats Around the Globe

From pandemics to food crises and climate-related disasters, Columbia’s new Global Health Security and Diplomacy program will help prevent, detect, and respond to a wide range of problems.

by |September 19, 2017
Tsetse fly. International Atomic Energy Agency

Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

A powerful new tool helps rural Tanzanians reduce their exposure to tsetse flies and the deadly disease they carry.

by |August 4, 2017
Highlands in Ethiopia. Photo from Flickr.

Malaria Risk Increases in Ethiopian Highlands as Temperatures Climb

The highlands of Ethiopia are home to the majority of the country’s population, the cooler climate serving as a natural buffer against malaria transmission. New data now show that increasing temperatures over the past 35 years are eroding this buffer, allowing conditions more favorable for malaria to begin climbing into highland areas.

by |June 15, 2017
Heavy smoke blanketed Sumatra and Borneo in September and October 2015, as observed by NASA’s Terra satellite. (NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.)

Rising Temperatures Lead to Increased Fire Risk in Indonesia

A new paper shows that rising temperatures have increased the risk of fires even during non-drought years in Indonesia, possibly making mild fire seasons in the country a thing of the past.

by |May 1, 2017
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A Science-Art Collaboration

Artist Michelle Rogers is painting her latest work, an 8x10ft interpretation of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. She wants her discussions with scientists to help inform her work.

by |November 16, 2016
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From Climate Science to Climate Service

What makes for good climate services? A new commentary in the journal Science outlines three considerations.

by |September 22, 2016
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The World’s First Seasonal Lightning Forecast

At about 250 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year, the Lake Maracaibo Basin in northwestern Venezuela has the highest annual lightning rate of any place in the world.

by |July 6, 2016
Enhanced infrared satellite imagery (VIIRS) of Hurricane Patricia, at ~4 AM Thursday October 22 (left) and ~5 AM Friday October 23 (right). Brighter colors represent higher cloud tops, indicating a stronger storm.

Fast-Building Storms Play Key Role in Tropical Cyclone Risk

In studying climate and tropical cyclones, researchers find a weather phenomenon at play.

by |February 4, 2016
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Crowd-Sourcing Tornado Data, and Other Climate Talks

From crowd-sourcing tornado data to teaching Harlem high-school students about climate change and climate justice, IRI scientists will share a number of fascinating projects at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society

by |January 8, 2016