Issue of March, 27, 2004
Methyl bromide is widely used on tobacco fields
Credit: Mauricio Ramos
A Step Backwards for the Ozone Layer
By Stephen Leahy
ashington won an exemption allowing its farmers to use more methyl bromide, a pesticide banned by an international treaty because it depletes the atmospheric ozone layer. But the exemption lasts only one year.
Peruvian Indians Save the Once-Endangered Vicuña
By Abraham Lama
n the 1960s, there were just 25,000 of these camelids left. Now the vicuña population in Peru is growing eight percent a year and the species is no longer in danger of extinction, thanks to their protection in the hands of local indigenous communities.
Law on Assisted Reproduction Divides Italy
By Francesca Colombo
new Italian law, which bans experiments involving human embryos, is a violation of the rights of infertile couples and of scientific freedom, say critics. The fate of the 24,000 frozen embryos that exist in Italy is uncertain.
ARGENTINA: Latin American Environmental Observatory
Argentina's National Ecological Action Network (RENACE), an umbrella for more than 70 non-governmental organizations, in May will launch the Latin American Environmental Observatory to unite groups that are dealing with similar challenges.
NORTH AMERICA: Protection for Three Marine Species
Canada, Mexico and the United States will seek a common strategy to protect the humpbacked whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), the pink-footed shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) and the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) as part of an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of migratory species.
COSTA RICA: National Parks in Crisis
Costa Rica's national parks are in an distressing state of abandon due to lack of money to hire the 300 park rangers necessary to protect areas' biodiversity from hunters, charged Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, the national environment minister.
PERU:: New Anti-Desertification Center Announced
Peru's National Human Resources Institute (INRENA) is working with Brazil to set up a Regional Anti-Desertification Center, which will include the other countries that share the tropical forests of the Amazon.
GUATEMALA: Anti-Rabies Campaign Under Way
The Guatemalan Ministry of Health launched a campaign on Mar. 20 to vaccinate 1.6 million dogs and 30,000 cats in rural areas to prevent rabies in the wake of a prolonged drought.
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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