Paula Dupraz-Dobias

Paula Dupraz-Dobias is a freelance investigative journalist and news and documentary producer with over 30 years of experience in all forms of media in Europe, North America and South America. She is based in Switzerland, but regularly travels for work to Peru and the United States.

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Vanishing Homeland in the Bayous

Trailer for 52' documentary about the Native American tribe on the Isle de Jean Charles in the Mississippi Delta, which has lost 90% of its land to sea-level rise. In 2016, the tribe became the first official climate refugees in the US after the federal government announced it would fund its resettlement to higher grounds. Film airs on France Ô and TG4 in October 2017, and at Oceanopolis and Hugo festivals 2017. Written by Jean Pascal Bublex, produced and researched by Paula Dupraz-Dobias

Mar-a-Lago’s Swiss real estate mogul

A controversial Swiss property developer is one of the newest members of US President Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago club. Urs Ledermann is a self-made entrepreneur from a Zurich suburb known for helping a city neighbourhood go upscale. Homeowners have criticised his business tactics, saying they were pressured to sell their properties to his growing firm, while the press has closely followed his rise in the business world. Now, Ledermann and his wife have gained access to Donald Trump’s Florida compoundexternal link also known as the “Winter White House”.
Chemical & Engineering News

U.S. immigration ban could lead affected chemists to Europe

Although many scientists oppose a presidential order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., chemists from those nations could head to Europe or elsewhere in the industrialized world. David Black, secretary general of the International Council of Scientists, says chemists from affected nations “may seek to go to other developed countries” to pursue their work.

The power of nudging

Gently swaying people to act differently is a trick long known to advertisers. Several initiatives have proven its benefits for implementation of private and public policy. A nudge is a gentle push – sometimes so subtle that the person being nudged is not even aware of it. The practice gained academic respectability in 2008 when University of Chicago professors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein published Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Since then, dedicated teams

En suspenso, cargo en la FAO de esposa de Humala

Presionada por el Gobierno peruano actual, la agencia alimentaria de la ONU anunció desde Ginebra que podría posponer el nombramiento de Nadine Heredia, esposa del expresidente del Perú, mientras sea investigada por lavado de dinero. Un abogado suizo explica lo que está por venir. A diez días de sorprender a las autoridades peruanas con el anuncio de que estaba a punto de asumir el cargo de Directora de la Oficina de Enlace de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) en Ginebra, Nadine Heredia regresó a Lima el jueves 1 de diciembre.

Adapting to climate change in Africa will hinge on improved transparency

After last year’s adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Marrakech climate summit – which closed last week and was billed Africa’s COP – focused on issues for its implementation, including finance. Transparency was central to that discussion. But while the so-called Paris rulebook has until 2018 to be defined, time is running out for many of the continent’s countries on the frontline of climate change facing prolonged droughts, flooding and extreme temperatures.
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