Issue of September, 30, 2006
Laguna Verde nuclear power plant in Veracruz state, Mexico.
Nuclear Energy Reborn
By Diego Cevallos*
rgentina, Brazil and Mexico have announced construction of new atomic reactors for generating electricity. Environmentalists warn about safety risks.
Computer components analyzed by Greenpeace in 2005.
Eco-Friendly Computers Still But a Dream
By Francesca Colombo
n Italy, only 15 percent of electronic waste is recycled. The country is not yet prepared to comply with the European Union's regulations in this area.
Colombia has 7 national forest reserves
Forest Controversy Simmers On
By Sonia Parra
n international consultancy became involved in the implementation of Colombia's new forestry law, and unleashed a flood of criticism
HONDURAS: Protection Sought for Eco-Bishop
The Honduran national human rights commissioner, Ramón Custodio, has called on the authorities to provide protection for Catholic bishop Luis Alfonso Santos, in the western city of Copán, who has received death threats for his opposition to an open-pit mine in the area.
BRAZIL: Hair Stylists Most Exposed to Cancer-Causing Agents
Hair stylists run the greatest risk of alterations of their DNA and, as a result, of developing cancer, due to their exposure to chemicals like formol and aromatic amines, found in products for straightening or coloring hair, according to a study presented in Sao Paulo.
CHILE: Santiago Loses Thousands of Native Trees
The Chilean government's National Forestry Corporation approved the cutting of 2,700 native trees in the Santiago Metropolitan Park, the capital's biggest "green lung", in order to make way for a 21.5-km highway.
VENEZUELA: New Alert on Toxic Sludge
The waste ponds used by the state-run metals company Bauxilum, which contain red sludge (silica sands, caustic soda, iron oxides and aluminum oxides), "are at the limit of their capacity and could filter into the surroundings," says the Aluminum Workers' Syndicate in southeastern Venezuela.
URUGUAY: Observatory for Renewable Energy Proposed
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is planning to open a regional observatory in the Uruguayan capital to promote renewable energy.
GUATEMALA: Lake Amatitlán Clean-Up Continues
Guatemalan environmental authorities will complete construction in November of the second water purification plant on the Villalobos River, which carries some 500,000 tons of sediment to Lake Amatitlán, 35 km south of the capital.
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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