Issue of October, 13, 2008
Green hillsides in the Ecuadorian Andes.
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Global Financial Crisis a Bad Sign for Andean Biodiversity
By Julio Godoy
he global financial shake-up could intensify oil and gas exploitation in biodiverse areas of the South American Andes, already a source of environmental and social conflicts.
Economist Marcel Claude
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"Profit Is Enemy Number One of the Environment"
Daniela Estrada interviews MARCEL CLAUDE
apitalism is a brutal, Mephistophelian intervention in the natural systems, says Chilean economist and ecologist Marcel Claude in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.
HONDURAS: Indians Aim to Generate Their Own Energy
Residents of the indigenous town of Tomalá, in the western Honduran department of Lempira, are seeking resources to build a mini-hydroelectric dam that would generate 10 to 15 megawatts.
BRAZIL: Housing Credits Require Certified Lumber
The leading provider of housing finances in Brazil, the government-run Federal Economic Bank, will only finance buildings made from certified legally-cut lumber, beginning in 2009.
VENEZUELA: Action for Sloths
The southeastern district of the capital known as Baruta will place signs in public areas about the movement among trees -- and possible fall -- of brown-throated three-toad sloths (Bradypus variegatus), relatives of the anteater and the armadillo that move at just 200 meters per hour.
CUBA: Vaccines for Hurricane-Hit Population
Residents older than one year in the town of Holguín, one of the Cuban provinces hardest hit by Hurricane Ike, began receiving immunizations against leptospirosis with a homeopathic vaccine produced in Cuba.
CHILE: Government Promotes Solar Panels
The government of Chile this week will send a bill to Parliament to reduce taxes on the installation of solar panels on newly constructed homes that are worth up to 4,500 production units (Unidades de Fomento, UF), about 160,000 dollars.
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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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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