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

What was once the countrys second largest lake is now a salt flat and the vanish waters are taking an indigenous communities way of life with them The remainder of an ancient ocean at the heart of South America is fast becoming a memory: a white expanse of salt stretchings for miles, with just a […]

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Turtles’ absence from Nicaraguan stronghold raises alarm for future

Not a single leatherback nested at the Chacocente reserve this year as the species faces menaces of poaching and warming seas Every year, from November through March, leatherback sea turtles arrive to the secluded coasts of the Rio Escalante Chacocente wildlife reserve on Nicaragua‘s Pacific coast to lay their eggs. Though leatherback nesting habits vary, […]

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Cancun: from tourist beach paradise to hotbed of Mexico’s drug violence

The murder of an alleged cartel boss in his hospital bed is the latest outrage in a resort city torn by trafficking and corruption The Playamed hospital is an unremarkable two-storey building on a quiet street lined with red-blossomed flame trees, just a few minutes’ drive from the white-sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts of Cancun’s […]

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Orca mother finally abandons dead calf she carried for more than two weeks

Researchers say endangered killer whale who lives off the coast of Seattle is back to feeding and cavorting with her pod Researchers say an endangered killer whale that carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks has finally abandoned the calf’s body and is back to feeding and cavorting with her […]

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The jaguars fishing in the sea to survive

The big cats resourceful new behaviour was recorded by a WWF study on a remote island off the coast of Brazil A thriving population of jaguars living on a small, unspoilt island off the coast of the Brazilian Amazon has learned to catch fish in the sea to survive, conservationists have found. The Maracá-Jipioca Ecological […]

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The jungle metropolis: how sprawling Manaus is eating into the Amazon

Informal settlements are expanding, with a new occupation try every 11 days, and the threat to the rainforest is severe Antonio Pinto’s makeshift home on the outskirts of Manaus is an open-air shack, one of dozens of similar dwellings of timber and tarpaulin scattered around the hills. Around them is the evidence of the use […]

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Brazil: high-risk expedition to contact isolated tribe declared success

Thirty-person expedition, including Funai officials and a doctor, contacted and vaccinated 34 people from the Korubo tribe Brazil’s biggest and most ambitious expedition in decades to contact a voluntarily isolated indigenous tribe has been proclaimed a success after venturing deep into remote and inaccessible Amazon jungle. The rare, high-risk expedition aimed to prevent potential conflict […]

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They owned an island , now they are urban poor: the tragedy of Altamira

Construction of the Belo Monte dam has cast men, women and children who lived rich lives along the Xingu River to the outskirts of Altamira, Brazils most violent city. Here, to the sound of gunfire, they must live behind barred windows, and buy food with money theyve never had or needed before They owned an […]

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Amazon at risk from Bolsonaro’s grim attack on the environment | Fabiano Maisonnave

Climate Home: Menace to the rainforest and its people and an end to the Paris agreement are among the promises of Brazils presidential hopeful No more Paris agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved road cutting through the Amazon. Not only that. Indigenous provinces opened to mining. Relaxed environmental law enforcement and licensing. International […]

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Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurrings exodus

Venezuelas neighbors plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to countrys interior Venezuela Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurs exodus Venezuela’s neighbours plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to country’s interior John Otis in Cucuta […]

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