Colourful Costumes (Photo credit: caribb)
Sector desembocadura Río Bío Bío (Photo credit: Alagos)
Rio Jaguarão (Photo credit: Jefferson Bernardes)
English: A map of the former West Indies Federation. Map of CARICOM member States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 23: Two Afghan women carry strawberries at the Badam Bagh farm May 23, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The women make about $5 USD (3.5 euro) per day working at the 55 hectares farm that grows 22 kinds of fruits and vegetables. The Afghanistan Women's Business Council (AWBC), a non-governmental organization, allows female members to harvest and market the fruit and vegetables grown at Badam Bagh, which is a USAID-supported demonstration and research farm. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Brazil: Muriqui Hills (Photo credit: Rhys Asplundh)
Igazu falls - Brazil (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
|Biomass Plantations Can Power India |
By Keya Acharya
SHIVGANGA, India - A group of women working in a tree-shaded nursery in this arid part of southern Tamil Nadu state is helping to manage India’s very first biomass energy plantation.
|Caribbean Courts Mexico as Ally in the G20 |
By Peter Richards
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Caribbean Community bloc (Caricom) is lobbying Mexico to use its influence as chair of the G20, which controls 90 percent of world trade, to promote the interests of the Caribbean and other small island developing states when it meets in June.
By Marianela Jarroud
SANTIAGO - Chile has enormous potential for producing non-conventional renewable energies (NCRE) like solar and geothermal, yet they only contribute three percent of the country's energy mix.
By Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON - With a month to go before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, nearly two dozen NGOs are calling on President Barack Obama to confirm his attendance at the event, known as Rio+20.
By Mario Osava
SÃO PAULO - Energy integration in South America will be a reality "in the medium to long term," driven by hydropower and drawing on Brazil’s experience, predicts Altino Ventura Filho, secretary of planning in this country’s Ministry of Mines and Energy.
The world's large dams have wiped out species; flooded huge areas of wetlands, forests and farmlands; and displaced tens of millions of people.*
By Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON - In a renewed funding focus on large-scale infrastructure, the World Bank, Group of 20 (G20) countries and other multilateral groups are wilfully overlooking lessons learned decades ago, a new report by International Rivers warns.*
By Marcela Valente *
BUENOS AIRES - Vast reserves of natural gas and oil trapped underground, whose exploitation would signify major environmental impacts, will be the greatest challenge facing YPF, the Argentine oil company that recently returned to state control.
By Isolda Agazzi
GENEVA - The new WWF Living Planet Report warns of a significant decline in biodiversity, particularly in low-income countries, and a huge increase in the ecological footprint of high-income countries.
PARIS - As France’s president-elect Francois Hollande prepares to form a new government, many environmentalists are calling for the appointment of an ecology minister with real power who can deliver on promises to reduce the use of nuclear power as well as cut carbon emissions.
By Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON - With U.S. federal funding sources for renewable energy sources already drying up, coupled with a newfound antipathy towards "green" issues issue here in Washington, some are suggesting that China could offer an important opportunity for the future of renewables in the United States and around the world.
Fabíola Ortiz interviews BJÖRN PIEPRZYK of the German Renewable Energy Federation *
RIO DE JANEIRO - Clean, renewable energies contribute to economic growth and job creation while decreasing dependency on imports. This is why governments should be increasing incentives for the development of renewable energy during a crisis like the one facing Europe today, German engineer Björn Pieprzyk told Tierramérica.
By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
CAIRO - The two weeks since Egypt's abrupt cancellation of a Mubarak-era gas-export deal with Israel have seen an exchange of indirect threats and warnings between the two countries, culminating in an apparent Israeli military build-up on the border of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
By Marcela Valente
BUENOS AIRES - After the Argentine Congress approved the renationalisation of YPF, the country’s biggest oil company, late Thursday, thousands of demonstrators from different political and social groups cheered the decision outside the legislature.
By Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada - What are you doing on Saturday? Peter Nix, a retiree, will be standing on a railway track on Canada's west coast blocking a coal train destined to ship U.S. and Canadian coal to Asia.
By Stefano Valentino *
BRUSSELS - Major publicly traded U.S. corporations, including Dow Chemical, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Cabot Corporation, have secured multi-million-dollar dubious carbon credits to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, as revealed in this investigative report.
By Franz Chávez *
LA PAZ - Almost six years after the nationalisation of gas and oil reserves in Bolivia, foreign companies maintain an active presence in the sector, and the government is now offering them greater incentives to increase oil production.