Category: Central America

Are Organic Foods Really About Better Nutrition?

Written by | September 1st, 2009

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A few weeks ago, word got out that a review being published in September’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition had concluded that organic foods are not healthier or more nutritious than conventional food. Organic advocates were outraged. Mildly engaged consumers began to wonder if organics were really worth the higher price tag. Momentarily leaving aside […]

Dispatch from Bonn: Training for REDD Helps Countries Get Ready

Written by | June 8th, 2009

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Forest Carbon Policy Advisor Rane Cortez tells us about getting the world ready to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation through workshops and online trainings, and how these trainings relate to the climate negotiations underway now in Bonn: Here at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, there is a lot of talk about “getting ready […]

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, May 26

Written by | May 26th, 2009

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What better way to come back from a long weekend than with a news round-up ready-and-waiting for you? Take your time easing into the work week, knowing that at least you already have the day’s most important enviro news items at your fingertips…  Ecuador is trying to choose the high road with a carbon-credit plan that allows them […]

Cool Green Morning: May 11, 2009

Written by | May 11th, 2009

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You give us one minute, we give you five hot green links — from the death of hydrogen cars to a swimming camera-tripping jaguar. That’s the deal every Cool Green Morning. Don’t disappoint us… Headline of the Month: Jaguar Swims Panama Canal, Then Takes Own Picture. (Hat tip: EcoWorldly.) The dream of a hydrogen-powered car? […]

Guatemala: Next “Hot” Birding/Ecotourism Destination?

Written by | March 17th, 2009

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I recently returned from participating in the 5th International Bird Watching “Encounter” in Antigua, Guatemala.  The encounters have been developed by the Guatemalan National Bird Watching Roundtable (Mesa Nacional de Aviturismo) with the assistance of INGUAT, the Guatemalan Tourism Institute. Based on this visit, I am convinced that Guatemala is ready to go as a major destination for […]

A Free Carbon-Trading Area of the Americas?

Written by | March 9th, 2009

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Time was when the U.S. economy sneezed, Latin American economies keeled over from pneumonia or worse, but no longer. While not exactly immune from the economic turmoil in the United States, economies like Brazil and Mexico will suffer less and recover earlier. There is more than a little schadenfreude south of the border at seeing […]

Ocelots: Tracking America’s Rarest Cat

Written by | February 19th, 2009

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The rarest cat in America — the ocelot — lives in the southmost corner of Texas, near Brownsville. It’s a spotted cat, marigold yellow and black, about the size of a small border collie — and a few weeks ago I was asked to go help catch one. Jody Mays works for the U.S. Fish […]

COP-14 Update: Seeing REDD in Poznan

Written by | December 8th, 2008

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POZNAN, POLAND — Over the weekend here at the COP-14, Duncan Marsh, director of international climate policy for the Conservancy, led a panel on why reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is a critical part of the climate change solution. Among the speakers were Ambassador Hans Brattskar of Norway, Benjamin Karmorh from Liberia’s Environmental […]

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