Issue of November, 30, 2009
A digital rendering of algae-ethanol production pools.
Mexico Has Big Plans for Ethanol from Algae
By Verónica Díaz Favela - IPS/IFEJ
biological process in which blue-green algae produces ethanol will be the basis for fuel production by a Mexican company beginning next year.
World Bank economist John Nash
Credit: Patricia da Cámara, courtesy of the World Bank.
Risk Insurance and Climate Change
Cristina Canoura interviews World Bank economist JOHN NASH
atin America's agricultural losses could be severe over the long term as a result of climate change.
CHILE: Alarm Sounds on GM Crop Expansion
The area in Chile planted with genetically modified crops - mostly maize, soy and canola - expanded from 24,921 hectares in 2007 to 30,101 hectares in 2008-2009, "without sufficient regulations to protect traditional seeds and the sites of origin."
BRAZIL: Eco-Plastic Made from Quinoa
Quinoa, a pseudo-cereal that is a complete protein source native to the Andes, is also the raw material for a biodegradable plastic developed by Brazil's University of Campinas.
VENEZUELA: Organizing Against Climate Change
People in the farming town of Panaquire, population 7,000, founded three centuries ago on a flood-vulnerable plain southeast of Caracas, have organized in order to predict the effects of climate change through a community-based early warning weather system.
HONDURAS: Farming Stands Up to El Niño
Food security is guaranteed for Honduras next year because the cyclical weather phenomenon known as El Niño did not hurt the production of basic grains, official and private sources told Tierramérica.
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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