Issue of August, 22, 2005
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Untreated Wastewater Making the Seas Sick
By Diego Cevallos
etween 80 and 90 percent of wastewater dumped into the seas of Latin America is untreated. And experts say there are few efforts to prevent the practice.
BRAZIL: Testing a Method to Prevent Evaporation
A powder sprinkled over water, creating a thin film, could reduce evaporation, say scientists who are working on ways to fight water shortages. Evaporation is a problem in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast region, where 75 percent of the water in its reservoirs is lost to this natural phenomenon.
GUATEMALA: A Call to Protect Cloud Forest
Local and national authorities are calling on the Guatemalan Congress to declare El Amay mountain, in the northern department of Quiché, a protected area, because it is one of the country's few cloud forests and is habitat for symbolic Guatemalan species like the quetzal bird.
COLOMBIA: Ban on Tuna Fishing
The Colombian Institute of Rural Development, INCODER, has banned tuna boats from fishing in the Pacific Ocean until Sep. 12. The measure is intended to protect the endangered yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and bigeye (Thunnus obesus) tuna species.
MEXICO: Transgenic Maize Report Feeds Doubts
Activists received with skepticism a scientific report released this month with great fanfare that assures that no trace of transgenic maize was found in a specific area of Mexico, a country where the presence of genetically modified corn has been recorded since 2001.
Lessons From a Unique Decade
José Graziano da Silva *
Rio+20 and Beyond: Together for a Sustainable Future
José Graziano da Silva *
Why Inclusive Green Growth Can Sustain Recent Gains in Latin America
The Global Food Crisis and the Latin American Paradox
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Crisis Sows Community Gardens in Spain
CDs Become Weapon in Political Armoury
Private Interests Infiltrate G20 Summit
Pakistanis Blame CIA for Fresh Polio Cases
Setting Goals to Protect Half the Planet
Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit
"We All Have to Start Being City Changers"
Tension Around Possible Islamic State in Northern Mali
Health Warnings Loud and Clear on Cigarettes in Argentina
Biggest Economies Still Lagging on Renewables
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