Issue of November, 16, 2009
The differences between some species are imperceptible to the human eye.
Credit: Public domain
Plants Finally Get DNA Barcodes
By Stephen Leahy
he "barcode" of the plant world, the parts of the DNA unique to flora, has been revealed, thanks to a scientific breakthrough that could revolutionize herbal medicine and improve regulations of the timber trade.
The Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreilles tribes all share the Flathead Reservation in Montana.
Credit: Wildland Recreation Program Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
Listen to the Earth, Say Indigenous Peoples
By Valentina Martínez Valdés - IPS/IFEJ
he idea of "wilderness" also encompasses its opposite: urbanized, exploited or altered lands. That is why it is beyond the traditional conceptions of the world's indigenous peoples.
VENEZUELA Lionfish Alert: Lionfish Alert
Venezuela fears the arrival in its Caribbean islands of the lionfish (Pterois volitans), "a voracious predator that seeks refuge in reefs and lies in wait for its prey, especially young invertebrates, lobster and fish."
CUBA: Call to Reactivate Zeolite Mining
Zeolite "would increase fertility of the organic substrata of urban farming, but currently it is not utilized due to difficulties in transporting it from the sites where it is produced," Alfredo Lino, Cuban expert in farm sciences, told Tierramérica.
BRAZIL: Castor Oil Used in Metallurgy
An emulsion of castor oil can be used as a substitute for petroleum-based oils in the production of metal tools, molds and components for machines, according to a study by experts at the University of São Paulo.
CHILE: Potential for Biogas in the South
A public-private initiative found that the southern Chilean province of Valdivia has the potential to manufacture biogas, as well as biofertilizers, from organic waste produced on small farms.
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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