Issue of December, 22, 2003
A Mixed Decade for NAFTA Environment Accord
By Diego Cevallos
AFTA's parallel "green" agreement, the only one of its kind, marks its tenth anniversary with the same limited budget it had when it was created and has processed 42 denunciations.
Biodiesel Trains on the Right Track
By Mario Osava
ome 580 trains in Brazil will be run on fuel that contains soybean oil, which is a renewable energy source and produces less pollution than fossil fuels.
The Threat of Not-So-Free Trade
By Jorge Alberto Grochembake
ew in Central America are celebrating the end of the ninth round of free trade treaty negotiations with the United States. Peasant farmers warn of the loss of thousands of rural jobs and an increase in poverty, which already affects more than half of the region's population.
Ten Years of NAFTA
midst both enthusiastic applause and loud condemnation, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reaches its 10th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2004. Relegated to the back seat, environment and labor rights have been only accessory issues in that trajectory.
CUBA: Onions as Psoriasis Treatment
A salve based on onion extract, manufactured in the eastern Cuban province of Guantánamo, is proving an effective substitute for steroids in treating psoriasis, a non-contagious skin disease that causes inflammation and dryness
BRAZIL: The Battle Over Used Tires
Importers of used tires for retreading have won the latest battle in Brazil. A Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 authorized imports for the BS Colway firm, despite efforts by the Brazilian Environment Institute to ban the deal.
VENEZUELA: Hydroelectric Firm Helps Animals
The state-run electric company Edelca, which builds and operates several hydroelectic dams in southeast Venezuela, turned in 95 rattlesnakes (Crotalus terrificus) to laboratories of the Central University to produce a snakebite serum.
GUATEMALA: Noisy Power Plant Shut Down
The Environment Ministry of Guatemala ordered the closing of the U.S.-based Duke Energy plant due to noise pollution, which was affecting the residents of several communities along the country's southern coast.
CENTRAL AMERICA: Forestry Program Mission Accomplished
The Regional Forestry Program of Central America (PROCAFOR), ended its operations after setting up more than 100 production groups involving Indians and peasant farmers, who now sustainably manage the forests.
COSTA RICA: Promoting Sustainable Tourism
Twenty initiatives for rural and village tourism in the southeastern Costa Rican highland region of Talamanca, will become a pilot project in 2004 for Central America and will be prepared to obtain the Sustainable Tourism Certificate.
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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