Mexican farmers can make higher profits than most other crops so are thinning out pine forests to plant young avocado trees. The popularity of the avocado in the US and rising prices for the “superfood” are fuelling deforestation in central Mexico.
Ricardo Moreno, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama and director of the Yaguará Panamá Foundation, reported at the 20th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation held recently in Belize that the number of jaguar killings in Panama is on the rise. “We have evidence that cattle ranchers…
Invasive lionfish have become a scourge across the Caribbean and west Atlantic. On the Honduran island of Roatan, some are trying novel ways to beat them – including hand-feeding them to sharks.
Three NGOs, the Venezuelan Program for Education and Action in Human Rights-Provea, the Peace Lab, and the Working Group on Indigenous Issues at the Andes University, issued a statement blasting Nicolás Maduro’s government’s push to exploit mineral resources on ancestral lands in the Bolívar, Amazonas, and Delta Amacuro states.
Scientists studying Colombia’s rich biodiversity are among many celebrating the announcement of a permanent ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. After decades of limited access to Colombia’s most biodiverse areas, researchers can finally explore and document the plants, animals and microorganisms that make Colombia the second most biodiverse country in the world.
According to the website mongabay.com they have obtained a new, high-resolution satellite image of Petroamazona’s suspected pipeline and drilling platforms in the famed Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block. Obtained from Planet, the image was analyzed by the team at the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) just after Ecuador announced it had begun drilling in arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet.
New research shows that landowners in Brazil are clearing more forest than government measures suggest. In the satellite image above, black boxes and yellow dots indicate deforestation taking place in the blind spots of Brazil’s forest monitoring system.
A Peruvian environmental organization nursed the nine to health and returned them to the sea recently at the Palomino Islands, a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Callao, the country’s main port.
The Bolivian government announced recently a new campaign to replant 6 million trees across the country, as part of the “Mi Arbol,” or “My Tree,” program in Bolivia combating deforestation and climate change.
An Ayoreo group in the Chaco whose ancestral land was sold to international ranchers in 2012 is battling for its return – and to hang on to their way of life.
In a few short years, Uruguay’s wind energy industry was completely transformed — a feat that nearly every developed country around the world would need to replicate if we are to meet the global warming limits of less than two degrees Celsius set at last year’s COP21 conference in Paris.
News of the reversal of the greyhound racing ban in Argentina, where their congress is considering a nationwide ban, is receiving global support.
Over the past 50 years, the productivity and biodiversity of this once teeming bay has plummeted due to pollution. The populations of Quintero, Ventanas, and Puchuncaví, located in the province of Valparaiso, are the most severely affected.
Migratory birds that interact with infected poultry in North and South America blamed as scientists worry virus reaching Antarctica more often than thought.
Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet, a major scientific report said recently.