Issue of November, 25, 2003
No Green in Trade Treaty of the Americas
By Stephen Leahy
he environment is notably absent from the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The costs of this omission could be enormous, but analysts say there is little chance that effective "green clauses" will be included in the hemisphere-wide treaty.
The Dead Sea Will Not Die
By Ana Jerozolimski
his lake, emblematic of the Middle East and famous for its therapeutic waters, could lose half its area over the next century. But it will never completely disappear, say scientists.
"We are headed for collective suicide"
By Francesca Colombo
hilean writer Luis Sepúlveda, author of "Mundo del fin del mundo" (Stories from the End of the World) says that defending the environment is a political concern that underlies all of his work.
Forum of Environment Ministers
nvironment ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered Nov. 20-25 in Panama to assess the region's sustainable development agenda.
VENEZUELA: Spider Monkey Alert
The variegated spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) is in critical danger due to reduced habitat, says the update of the Red List of Endangered Species 2003, of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). But Venezuelan researchers question the scope of the habitat measurements.
BRAZIL: Ecologists Get Ready for National Meet
The first National Environment Conference, Nov. 28-30 in Brasilia, will be an opportunity to strengthen the positions of Minister Marina Silva and the ecological movement, which have suffered blows from several recent governmental measures.
CHILE: Bikeway for the Alameda
Environmentalists are applauding the project of the capital's municipal government to build a bicycle route along the famous Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, better known as the Alameda.
GUATEMALA: Monitoring Mahogany Trade
Guatemala stepped up controls on mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) in mid-November, just as the tree species is added to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
COSTA RICA:: People Take Part in Environmental Management
Costa Rican civil society will play an active role in managing natural resources with the launch of regional councils in the country's 11 conservation areas.
NICARAGUA: Soldiers Protect Sea Turtles
Some 60,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea) are on the Pacific beaches of Nicaragua to lay eggs -- and under the close watch of the army
HONDURAS: Eco-Houses for Farmers
Organizations of small farmers in the departments of Cortés and Yoro, in northern Honduras, are to present a proposal to the government to build ecological housing as a means to reduce the deficit of 750,000 homes.
CUBA:: Recovering Lands Hurt by Nickel Mining
More than 10,000 hectares leveled by nickel exploitation have been reforested in the Moa municipality in the eastern Cuban province of Holguín.
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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