Issue of May, 10, 2004
Swallows Arrive in European Winter
any bird species are migrating early to Europe from Africa. Ornithologists believe climate change is the cause behind the new travel habits of swallows, ducks, storks and geese, and could be a threat to their reproductive cycles.
Colombia's Bid to Save Its National Flower
By Yadira Ferrer
he cattleya trianae orchid is in danger of extinction. But using both traditional and modern techniques, experts are fighting to keep this emblematic flower from disappearing.
Free Zone for Paraquat
By José Eduardo Mora
araquat is used without restrictions in Central America, where the herbicide is believed to cause some 400,000 poisonings each year. Each country of the region spends an estimated seven million dollars annually on medical treatment for those affected.
NORTH AMERICA: Dangerous Air for Kids
The 12o million children living in Canada, Mexico and United States are exposed to the annual emissions of more than four million tons of dangerous substances that are proven or suspected to be carcinogens, toxic to fetal development or neurotoxins.
PERU: Coca Growers Deforest the Amazon
Illegal coca plantations have caused environmental damage to the Peruvian Amazon of an estimated 1.5 billion dollars, due to clearing of forest and logging, says an official report from the Peruvian government.
ANTARCTICA: Fish and Birds in Danger
The bird and fish species of Antarctica are threatened by excessive fishing, says a study by Argentine scientists.
COLOMBIA: Medicinal Plants to Fight Malaria
Some 160 plants used to treat malaria by black healers and indigenous shamans in Colombia have been targeted by the Malaria Research Group at the local University of Antioquia with the intention of developing new medications.
HONDURAS: Green News in Mosquitia
In the Mosquitia region of Honduras, in the northeast, a group of rural communicators is promoting a radio news program focused on sustainable development and cultural preservation among the Misquita, Tawakhas and Pech indigenous communities.
COSTA RICA:: Still No Compensation for Poisoning Victims
There are 2,800 Costa Rican farm workers affected by the insecticide nemagon (dibromochloropropane) are demanding payment of the compensation that was agreed with the National Insurance Institute (INS), which so far has failed to issue checks on time.
GUATEMALA: NASA Backs Satellite Monitoring of Resources
Guatemala will soon have a satellite monitoring system for its natural resources as part of a program of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which in two year will provide 350,000 dollars in infrastructure and training.
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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Proposal to Compensate National Park for Water Supply
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