Issue of September, 23, 2006
This fossilized fly was discovered in a Peruvian amber deposit
Credit: Darío de Franceschi
Fossils Reveal Ancient Biodiversity
By Julio Godoy
fascinating amber deposit in Peru containing fossilized flies, wasps and spiders proves that the rich diversity of Amazon species dates back much further than previously thought. Tierramérica spoke with the international team that made the discovery.
A U.S. chemist demonstrates a catalyst converter that reduces chemical emissions from diesel engines.
Credit: Laboratorios Argonne
Scientists Set Sights on 'Green' Chemistry
By Stephen Leahy
ew technologies are being employed to curb the use of toxic materials in productive processes and prevent tragic accidents that can potentially claim the lives of thousands of people.
Chile's Guanaco glacier would have been damaged in the original Pascua Lama project
Canada Faces Pressure to Promote Sustainable Mining
By Stephen Leahy
ctivists have demanded that the Stephen Harper administration impose mandatory social and environmental standards on Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America.
MEXICO:: Proposed Nuclear Plants Under Fire
The Mexican government’s announcement of its plan to build one or two nuclear power plants has environmentalists opposed to atomic energy up in arms.
ARGENTINA: Scavengers Export Scrap
By the end of the month, the Argentine ecological cooperative Reciclando Sueños (Recycling Dreams) will have sent another two shipments to Spain, each containing 25,000 kilograms of scrap iron.
BRAZIL: Aluminum Can Recycling Record Remains Firm
In 2005 Brazil recycled 96.2 percent of its used aluminum cans, making it the world's leader in this activity for the fifth year in a row, according to the Brazilian Aluminium Association (ABAL).
HONDURAS: Conservation Planned for Yojoa Lake
The Honduran government has launched a three-year program to preserve the biodiversity of the northern lake of Yojoa -- the country's largest.
GUATEMALA: Geothermal Wells Being Drilled in Protected Area
A Guatemalan company is drilling three geothermal wells in a protected reserve at the Pacaya Volcano, some 40 kilometers south of the capital, without authorization from the local municipality.
COLOMBIA: Tornado Destroys Thousands of Homes
After the tornado swept through the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla on Sep. 15 -- affecting some 1,200 families -- 61,250 sheets of asbestos will be needed to rebuild houses, local infrastructure secretary Nyry Logreira told Tierramérica.
BRAZIL: Flood Insurance Measured
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo have developed a method to estimate insurance costs for urban flooding, saying claims could eat up as much as 12 percent of the gross domestic product.
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
Sign up for Tierramerica's free weekly newsletter!
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
In this section, Tierramérica shares letters from our readers. If you'd like to send us your comments, please write to:
Inter Press Service
The world's leading provider of information on global issues
THE WORLD BANK
Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean
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
Copyright © 2013 Tierramérica. All Rights reserved