Issue of April, 14, 2008
Oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Latin America's Bid to Reconcile Oil and Environment
By Humberto Márquez*
he Latin American petroleum industry is on its way, with varying levels of success, towards practices that attempt to be less harmful to the environment.
BRAZIL: Rubber Tappers Manufacture Condoms
The first government-run condom factory in the Brazilian Amazon was inaugurated Apr. 7 in Xapuri, a small town in the northwestern state of Acre, where a quarter of the 15,000 inhabitants are "seringueiros", or rubber tappers, who harvest natural latex from the forest.
CHILE: New Life for Former Garbage Dumps
The Environmental Commission of the Chilean Metropolitan Region, the regional government, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and several municipalities are looking to refurbish two former garbage dumps in the capital: Cerros de Renca and Lo Errázuriz.
VENEZUELA: Glass Containers Banned in Parks
Venezuela has prohibited glass containers in its 43 national parks and 17 natural monuments, which cover a combined total of 13 million hectares, or 15 percent of the country.
CUBA: Saving a Native Bird
Researchers from the National Flora and Fauna Protection Agency in Villa Clara, 268 km from Havana, are promoting the recovery and conservation of the blue-headed quail-dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala), endemic in Cuba and in danger of extinction.
HONDURAS: Difficulty Enacting Forestry Law
The recently approved Forestry Law in Honduras could turn into dead letter if the next director of the Forestry Conservation Institute (ICF) comes from the logging sector, which for decades has led deforestation in this Central American country, warn ecologists.
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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