Issue of June, 22, 2009
Hybrid buses at the 2005 International Expo in Aichi, Japan
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Rare Metals Could Trigger Next Trade War
By Emilio Godoy* - IPS/IFEJ
hina beat the United States to the punch and has cornered production of rare metals used in environmentally friendly technologies that the world needs to curb climate-changing pollution.
The sugarcane harvest to produce ethanol in the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz
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Water Shortage Threatens Half the Planet
Julio Godoy Interviews JONATHAN BAILLIE, of the Zoological Society of London
he paradox of development means that world population is consuming water to excess, while 2.8 billion people don't have nearly enough, says scientist Jonathan Baillie in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.
The Riachuelo in Buenos Aires
Credit: Malena Bystrowicz/IPS
Million-Dollar Loan Flows Into Argentine River
By Marcela Valente
he largest loan for environmental clean-up granted to a Latin American country could serve as a test of Argentina's will to recover the toxic Matanza-Riachuelo watershed.
BRAZIL: World Bank Cancels Loan to Meat Processing Plant
The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, rescinded 45 million dollars of financing granted in 2007 to the Grupo Bertin, Brazil's largest beef processing plant.
ARGENTINA: Polluting Mining Company Finances Public Universities
The Foundation for the Defense of the Environment, in the central Argentine province of Córdoba, reported that a mining company whose vice-president has been indicted for polluting is handing out millions of dollars to public universities.
MEXICO: Recession Puts Bike Plan on the Skids
The economic crisis has put the Mexico City government's plan to expand bicycle paths -- which now total 80 kilometers -- on hold. The expansion plan coasted to a halt in late 2007.
HONDURAS: Nearly 4,000 Tons of Garbage Daily
Honduras produces some 3,800 tons of garbage per day, which contributes to the reproduction of flies, mosquitoes and rats, which in turn transmit preventable diseases.
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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In This Issue
Indicators for the Climate Crisis
EcoMobility is Gaining Ground, Step by Step
Mexico City Aquifer Could Be Recharged
Activists Call for Common Front to Defend Whales
Proposal to Compensate National Park for Water Supply
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