Issue of December, 09, 2006
Rainwater Tanks a Weapon Against Drought
By Mario Osava
he construction of a million rainwater collection tanks in the Brazilian Northeast is underway. The region is considered one of the most vulnerable to the effects of global warming.
Buenos Aires Residents Rebel Against Apartment Towers
By Marcela Valente
esidents fear that the Caballito neighborhood's utilities could collapse from the unregulated proliferation of apartment towers. By 2008 an estimated 40,000 more people will live in the district.
Credit: PL/Américo Morrillo
"Children Know How to Love"
By Francesca Colombo
uban pediatrician Aleida Guevara, daughter of the legendary "Che", is traveling the world promoting children's rights to health. Tierramérica spoke with her in Italy.
CHILE: Activists Want Ban on Lindane
Environmental groups and other civil society organizations, led by the Pesticide Action Network (RAP-Chile), launched a campaign calling for a ban on the use of lindane in the treatment of lice and scabies, due to its toxic effects on health and the environment.
GUATEMALA:: Return of the Harpy Eagle
A harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja), raised in captivity in Panama and released in Belize two years ago, was sighted early this month in the jungles of the northern Guatemalan department of El Petén.
VENEZUELA:: A Push for Energy-Saving Lightbulbs
In the coming months the government's "Mission Energy Revolution" will provide four million Venezuelan households with some 52 million energy-saving lightbulbs, made in China and purchased via Cuba.
BRAZIL: Three Forestry Victories
The government of the Brazilian Amazon state of Pará on Dec. 4 created seven conservation zones covering 15 million hectares. Together, they form a vast ecological corridor north of the Amazon River, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Colombian border.
CUBA: Fruitful Recycling Effort
An experimental project for recycling domestic waste, implemented this year in 810 households in Havana's San Isidro neighborhood, has produced organic material for use as fertilizer and income from the sale of solid waste materials.
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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