Mexico generates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the biologically spectacular Revillagigedo archipelago Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. The measures will help ensure the conservation of marine animals including whales, giant lights and turtles. The protection zone spans 57,000 […]

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‘The war goes on ‘: one tribe caught up in Colombia’s armed conflict

David Hill: Proportion 1 of a report on human rights and indigenous Siona people in the Putumayo region in the Amazon Placido Yaiguaje Payaguaje, an indigenous Siona man, was standing right where his 80 -something mother was blown apart by a land-mine. There was a crater about the size of a beach ball. Surrounding foliage […]

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The ecological misfortune that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

What was once the countrys second largest lagoon is now a salt flat and the vanishing waters are taking an indigenous communities way of life with them The remainder of an ancient sea at the heart of South America is fast becoming a memory: a white plain of salt stretches for miles, with simply a […]

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Caribbean resort project describes heat over threat to vulnerable species

The $2.6 bn project in St Lucia has promised sorely required tasks, but critics say it threatens the natural environment and local culture Conservationists have warned that a planned $2.6 bn resort developed as St Lucia which aims to attract Chinese investors could threaten vulnerable species and change the character of the island. The project, […]

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Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon

Agencies: modified fish as safe and nutritious as conventional salmon, with growth hormone genes from two fish allowing it to grow twice as fast Health authorities in Canada have approved a fast-growing, genetically altered salmon as safe for intake, paving the style for it to become the first genetically modified animal to be allowed on […]

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‘The war goes on ‘: one tribe caught up in Colombia’s armed conflict

David Hill: Component 1 of a report on human rights and indigenous Siona people in the Putumayo region in the Amazon Placido Yaiguaje Payaguaje, an indigenous Siona man, was standing right where his 80 -something mother was blown apart by a land-mine. There was a crater about the size of a beach ball. Surrounding foliage […]

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‘Coral bleaching is getting worse … but the biggest problem is pollution’

Conservationists are battling to save the 700 -mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean suffering the effects of mass tourism and global warming The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest hurdle reef in the western hemisphere- an underwater wilderness stretching over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. One of the […]

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Land grab in Amazon jungle threatens dispossession, violence and slaying

President Temer is courting the mining companies and their political backers by breaking into pristine rainforest On 23 August it emerged that the president of Brazil, Michel Temer, had issued a decree abolishing the protected status of an immense area of the Amazon forest. The region is in the north of the country, beyond the […]

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Chile jolted by major 7.6 -magnitude earthquake

Evacuation order and tsunami watch lifted three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck, allowing 5,000 people to return home A major 7.6 -magnitude earthquake reached southern Chile on Sunday, inspiring thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported. Chiles national emergency office( Onemi) lifted both the evacuation order and […]

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Tensions rise as US border agents stop Canadian anglers in disputed waters off Maine

Boats have reportedly been stopped near islands of Machias Seal and North Rock as US agents search for undocumented migrants Canada’s government is investigating reports that US border patrol officers have intercepted and questioned crew members on more than 20 Canadian vessels in disputed waters off the coast of Maine. interactive The reports have thrust […]

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