Issue of March, 01, 2010
Prolonged drought can mean desertification
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The Thirsty Caribbean
By Peter Richards
he countries of the Caribbean, facing the worst drought in decades, are adopting strict rationing rules, with jail time for those who violate them.
Eco-architecture can also be a tool for city planning
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WANTED: An Effective Multilateral System for the Environment
By Marcela Valente
overnments and civil society groups are recognizing the urgent need to strengthen global institutions to confront the challenges of climate change.
Tortilla production is a source of water pollution in Mexico
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Scientists Reinvent the Corn Tortilla
By Verónica Díaz Favela
exican scientists are working to make "nixtamalization," the ancestral technique for preparing maize to be made into tortillas, a more environmentally sustainable process.
BRAZIL: Machine for Separating Garbage
A machine invented by students at SENAI, an industrial training center in Concordia, in southern Brazil, can separate out garbage by type, replacing what can be dangerous manual work.
VENEZUELA: A Frog for Al Gore
A frog that measures less than two centimeters long, discovered in the western Venezuelan state of Táchira, was named Allobates algorei in honor of the former U.S. vice-president Al Gore (1993-2001), co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace prize.
CHILE: Environmentalists Wary of New Government
Chilean environmentalists are concerned about the possible measures to be taken by the incoming environment minister María Ignacia Benítez, given her work as a private projects solicitor before the Environmental Impact Assessment System, some of which came under fire from citizen groups.
HONDURAS: Demanding an End to Illegal Logging
Civil society organizations are demanding that Honduran President Porfirio Lobo declare a total ban on lumber activities, in order to halt illegal logging of the nation's forests.
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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