Issue of May, 22, 2004
Pine is one of the preferred species for fast-growing tree crops.
Credit: Claudio Contreras.
Can Planting Trees Be Harmful?
By Diana Cariboni
nvironmentalists warn that monoculture of tree plantations threatens the Uruguayan environment. But there are no studies available on the true impacts of commercial forestry, which now covers more than 600,000 hectares, or four percent of productive land in this South American country.
A Victory for Free Speech'
By Haider Rizvi
reenpeace celebrated a ruling by U.S. courts to absolve the international environmental watchdog of charges involving its protest activities. Nancy Hwa, spokeswoman for the group, dialogued with Tierramérica about the case.
Satellites help monitor the state of tropical forests.
Credit: Claudio Contreras
Oil Spills in the Middle of New York
By Katherine Stapp
or decades oil leaks have been contaminating a creek that crosses two of New York's famed boroughs. Activists are taking legal action against Exxon Mobil and other oil companies.
Credit: Fabricio Van den Broeck.
Global Crusade Against Toxic Chemicals
By Klaus Toepfer
he Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which entered into force on May 17, will put the brakes on the most toxic substances around the globe. But the best efforts are yet to come, writes the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in an exclusive column for Tierramérica.
The Caribbean Under Satellite's Eye
By Jorge Alberto Grochembake
entral America has been monitoring its natural resources from outer space since the 1990s, through a project in conjunction with NASA. Now the aim is to incorporate 15 Caribbean countries into the initiative.
GLOBAL: Getting Ready for Youth Summit
Some 600 girls and boys from 100 countries will take part in an international environmental conference in July in the United States, where they will discuss global problems, present proposals and demand answers from the adult world.
ARGENTINA: No Sign of Environmental Report
The Argentine Environment and Natural Resources Foundation asked the government for the official environmental report for 2003, which should have been published in November but has yet to appear.
COLOMBIA: Proposals for Garbage Crisis
The Regional Autonomous Corporation, regional environmental authority for the Colombian department Atlántico, proposed construction of three landfills to remedy the crisis arising from poor management of solid waste.
GUATEMALA: Military Guards Nature Park
Sixty soldiers from the Guatemalan army will back 50 agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) in fighting vandals and drug traffickers who threaten the Laguna del Tigre National Park, located in the northern department of El Petén.
PERU: A Call to Ban Asbestos Use
Three civil society groups asked the Peruvian Congress on May 17 to ban the use of asbestos in industrial processes after a press conference in which they presented four former employees of an auto parts factory who suffer asbestosis.
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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