» Zero Garbage Plan Tied to Fate of Ousted Bogotá Mayor
The ousted left-wing mayor of the Colombian capital, Gustavo Petro, is a casualty of the battle over the introduction of a Zero Garbage programme, which had included thousands of informal recyclers in the waste disposal business. ?His removal was arbitrary,? said Nelson Rojas, one of the workers in the city government?s Basura Cero (Zero Garbage) […]
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» Mundurukú Indians in Brazil Protest Tapajós Dams
It took them three days to make the 2,000-km journey by bus from their Amazon jungle villages. The 10 Mundurukú chiefs and 30 warriors made the trek to the capital of Brazil to demand the demarcation of their territory and the right to prior consultation in order to block the Tapajós hydroelectric dam, which could […]
» Developing Countries Still Waiting for a Global Response to Climate Change
As president of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states, Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi had the perfect forum to voice his concerns about the effects climate change has had on his island nation. Malielegaoi, who chaired a two-day ministerial conference in Brussels, which ended Wednesday, Dec. 11, said that climate […]
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» Cuba, What Are Your Plans for the New Year?
Leonardo Padura is a Cuban writer, journalist and winner of the 2012 National Literature Award, whose novels have been translated into more than 15 languages. His most recent novel, "Herejes" (Heretics), is a reflection on individual freedom.
» ?We in the Caribbean Are Living Climate Change?
The Mocho Mountains that run through the centre of Jamaica were once covered by lush tropical forests that helped control rainfall. Now, much of the forests and farmlands have been destroyed and the community is hard hit by the resultant extreme weather. ?[The area] is one of those that was severely mined for bauxite and […]
» Deforestation Spawns Creeping Desert in Central Argentina
This small town in the semi-arid central Argentine province of Córdoba now has a 24-hour hotline for people to report their neighbours for sprinkling their lawns or using water to clean off the sidewalks. The water shortage is felt throughout the province, but it is especially bad in the most populous areas ? the provincial […]
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» Preserving Life in Cuba for When the Climate Changes
Nature reserves act as a safe deposit box for biodiversity and contribute to adaptation to climate change. But in a country like Cuba, plagued by a chronic economic crisis, efforts to increase the number of protected areas go largely unnoticed. ?They are a reservoir of genetic biodiversity of many species,? biologist Ángel Quirós told IPS. […]
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» U.S. Vows Support for Colombia Peace Talks
Despite looming differences over Colombia’s drug policy, President Barack Obama renewed his support for a peaceful settlement to the civil war that has plagued the country for over half a century in a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Tuesday. The White House visit came as the Colombian government is engaged in the third […]
» Stability Still Elusive in Post-Election Honduras
The recent elections which were expected to strengthen the fabric of governance in Honduras failed to do so. Now the country has a president-elect with just 38.7 percent support who is facing accusations of electoral fraud, along with a fragmented parliament where the governing party will be in the minority. ?It won?t be easy for […]
» Wage Hike in Haiti Doesn?t Address Factory Abuses
Haiti?s minimum wage will nudge up 12 percent on Jan. 1, from 4.65 to 5.23 dollars (or 200 to 225 gourdes) per day. Calculated hourly, it will go from 58 to 65 cents, before taxes. But the raise will not affect Haiti?s 30,000 assembly factory workers, who are supposed to already be receiving about seven […]
» Uruguay?s Mega-Mining Law in Place ? Before the Minerals
The Uruguayan government, which recently passed a law on large-scale mining, does not actually have a clear idea of the country?s mineral wealth and has only just now proposed a geological study to find out. For decades, geological studies have been low priority in this farming country of gently rolling hills, where there are neither […]
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» Argentine Protesters vs Monsanto: ?The Monster is Right on Top of Us?
The people of this working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina?s central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the weed-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighbourhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant. The creator of glyphosate, whose trademark is Roundup, and […]
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» Storms, Flooding Can Unleash a Toxic Soup
It?s a dirty, smelly business, but wastewater is gaining prominence across the Caribbean as countries from Jamaica in the west to Guyana in the south increasingly recognise its effects on the environment and the importance of improving its management. Coordinator of the Guyana Wastewater Revolving Fund Marlon Daniels told IPS that with the advent of […]
» Paraguay?s ?Indignados? Win a Round Against Congress
A few hours before a human chain was to surround the Paraguayan Congress on Thursday, Senator Víctor Bogado, accused of fraud and misuse of public funds, was stripped of his parliamentary immunity from prosecution. On Nov. 15, an earlier vote in which 23 of the 45 members of the Senate voted for the ruling Colorado […]
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» In Haiti, Planting Trees Is No Simple Matter
Reforestation and soil conservation programmes costing many thousands of dollars in this rural community have resulted in hundreds of small ledges built of straw or sacks of earth. In certain areas, the earthworks seem to be lasting, but in others, they are disintegrating. The construction and destruction of the anti-erosion ledges ? all made with […]