Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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Savage Firestorm Tears Through Chile’s Historic Valparaíso

June 26, 2014

A furious wildfire burned its way through several Valparaíso neighborhoods last month, killing 15 people and leaving more than 12,000 homeless. Chile’s second major disaster in as many weeks, the fire also served as a painful reminder that for many, the country’s much-heralded economic “miracle” is still very much a mirage. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: Nicaragua Rattled By Multiple Earthquakes

June 26, 2014

Nicaragua remains on “red alert” following a cluster of pre-Easter earthquakes that killed two people; damaged nearly 5,000 homes, some completely; opened up a 20 km-long crack in the earth; and may have even caused an odd drop in the water level of Lago Xolotlán, also known as Lake Managua. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Glaciers Face Multiple Threats

June 25, 2014
Ice formations in Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

Glacial ice in Chilean Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

A prolonged rain deficit and a memorable media maneuver by the high-profile environmental group Greenpeace have together sparked an upsurge in public interest regarding Chile’s world-class collection of glaciers. Read the rest of this entry ?

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President Ortega Grants Himself Control Of Nicaragua’s Forestry Resources

June 25, 2014

Having just put the finishing touches on a power-enhancing overhaul of the Nicaraguan constitution, President Daniel Ortega is now looking to extend control over yet another area of the country’s government apparatus: forestry administration. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Nicaragua’s Mining Boom

June 25, 2014

A leading Nicaraguan environmental group is sounding the alarm over President Daniel Ortega’s cozy embrace of metals mining, an industry that has boomed in recent years and now boasts the country’s number one export product: gold. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nicaragua’s Tapirs Running Out Of Time And Space

January 29, 2014

Born and raised outside of Managua, in Nicaragua’s Zoológico Nacional,  “Maya” and “Carburito” will soon be traveling east – aboard a military helicopter – to the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur (RAAS), where they will swap their familiar chain-linked enclosure for the leafy wilds of the Wawashang forest. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Alarm As Hundreds Of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Ashore In El Salvador

January 29, 2014

Conservationists and government authorities are pointing their fingers in very different directions following a recent die-off of sea turtles, hundreds of which have washed up on El Salvador’s shoreline in recent weeks. Read the rest of this entry ?