Issue of February, 15, 2010
Argentina's huge production of soybeans is at the core of the biodiesel business
Credit: Greenpeace Argentina
Argentina's Agrofuels Start Their Engines
By Marcela Valente
ith biodiesel from soybeans playing the leading role, Argentina is beginning to require plant-based fuel blends for all vehicles.
Living in polluted cities is harmful to health, especially for the poor
Credit: Alejandro Arigón/IPS
When the City Makes You Sick
By Mario Osava
scientific study in Brazil shows that breathing urban air filled with particulates sharply increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Illegal logging continues unchecked in Honduras
Credit: Courtesy of Democracy without Borders Foundation
Forest Corruption Budding Again in Honduras
By Thelma Mejía
he Honduran forests, the country's most valuable natural resource, are being irredeemably lost as a result of the corrupt timber business.
Yvo de Boer and John Ashe in Copenhagen
Credit: Servaas Van den Bosch/ IPS
POLITICS: U.N. Climate Chief Quits Post
By Stephen Leahy
ountries have largely failed to endorse the Copenhagen Climate accord by the Jan. 31 deadline. On Thursday, the key official in the United Nations climate treaty process announced his resignation.
BRAZIL: Wind Energy Lags Behind Potential
Brazil's wind energy generating capacity jumped 77.7 percent last year, reaching 606 megawatts, over 341 megawatts in 2008, according to the Global Wind Energy Council
CUBA: Archeology Revives Taíno Past
As of this month, Cuba has an official archeological site at Los Buchillones, in the central province of Ciego de Ávila, that systematizes studies in one of the places with greatest mysteries about the indigenous past of the Antilles.
VENEZUELA: Double Blow - Fires and Water Rationing
Several regions in Venezuela are enduring forest and brush fires linked to the drought that began last year, and which forced rationing of water supplies in Caracas and other cities, and of electricity across the province.
HONDURAS: Coffee Pact Criticized
The Honduran Environmental Prosecutor denounced an agreement between the government's Forest Conservation Institute and a coffee-growers' association, saying it endangers the flora and fauna in Comayagua and El Paraíso departments.
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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