BUENOS AIRES, Dec 15 (Tierramérica).- Residents of the town of Baradero, in the north of Buenos Aires province, have sounded the alarm about the construction of embankments intended to drain part of the Paraná River delta.
"We are preparing a lawsuit and we hope it has the same result as in Esteros del Iberá," one of the residents, architect José Serpi, told Tierramérica, referring to a recent court ruling ordering the demolition of an embankment built in the wetlands of the northeastern province of Corrientes.
In Baradero, the Pazzaglia company, which owns 12,000 hectares of the delta, built dikes, embankments, canals and set up floodgates and pumps to control the natural flow of the water along a stretch that that flows into the Paraná, said Serpi.
The municipal authorities are not protecting the area, nor are they requiring environmental impact studies for the constructions, which could cause flooding, he said.
A Non-Polluting Charcoal Oven?
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 15 (Tierramérica).- The National Space Research Institute, based in the southern Brazilian city of São José dos Campos, has developed an oven that reduces the emissions of smoke and dangerous gases in the small-scale production of plant-based charcoal.
Similar to a traditional oven, the model adds one system for burning the gases and another for eliminating the solid particles generated in the process, like toluene, benzene, tar and acetic acid, which are toxic to health and to the environment.
"Many gases are carcinogens. We see people with deteriorated health, slow movements, and a large portion have lung problems," project developer Jerónimo Travelho told Tierramérica.
Furthermore, the oven prevents the closure of the small charcoal producers that was planned by the environmental authorities. In Salesópolis alone, an ecotourism city near Sao Paulo, 5,000 families rely on that trade for income.
Extension for Overflowing Garbage Dump
MEXICO CITY, Dec 15 (Tierramérica).- For the fifth time in five years, the Mexico City government has won a postponement for closing down the Bordo Poniente, the capital's largest garbage dump, which is full beyond capacity.
Since the mid-1980s, most of the 12,000 tons produced daily by Mexico City has been deposited there.
Bordo Poniente is on the verge of collapse, and postponing its closure is bad news that proves the authorities see waste management as a low priority, environmental engineer and university professor Oscar Colima told Tierramérica.
The municipal government was able to convince a court to suspend the closure of the dump, scheduled for January, arguing that it would provide time to prepare new dumps that are in compliance with environmental standards. *Source: Inter Press Service.
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