Issue of March, 09, 2009
Capybaras wandering around Rio de Janeiro.
Credit: Rodnei Bandeira de Mello/IPS
Brazil's Concrete Jungle
By Fabiana Frayssinet* - IPS/IFEJ
io de Janeiro is being populated with yacaré caimans, capybaras, boa constrictors, monkeys, and other wild animals. Could the jungle be sprouting back up again through the concrete?
Credit: ESA - AOES Medialab
Ambitious Polar Satellite Still in Planning Stage
By Julio Godoy
f everything goes according to plan, in November the European Space Agency will launch CryoSat-2, in what will be the second attempt to put a polar satellite in orbit to explore the state of the earth’s cryosphere.
CUBA: Transgenic Crop Production Begins
Cuba has started planting transgenic corn as part of a field trial to obtain seeds to be used in food production.
BRAZIL: Environmental Services to Prevent Amazon Logging
Investing in environmental services would stave off deforestation in 13 million hectares of Brazil’s Amazonia at least until 2016, according to a book presented by the Ministry of Environmental Affairs, which sets criteria for calculating compensations.
VENEZUELA: The 10 Commandments of Energy Efficiency
The environmental organization Vitalis called on Venezuelans to adopt an “Energy Efficiency Decalogue” to help mitigate global warming.
HONDURAS: Risk Management Act to Be Debated
The Honduran Congress is set to discuss a risk management bill that will replace the current three-decade-old regulations on the subject.
CHILE: Energy-Saving Light Bulbs for Low-Income Households
The Chilean government will distribute 1.4 million energy-saving light bulbs to some 250,000 families this year in an effort to bring down electric power consumption.
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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