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Africa’s Largest Hydroelectric Project May Hit the Rocks

There are big aspirations for Africa’s largest hydroelectric project, the Inga III that is set to be built in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But analysts are sceptical that such an ambitious project will ever be realised.

There are 46 women among the 195 workers at Vivero Alamar. - Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Organic Cooperative Farm Proves that Agriculture Can Prosper in Cuba

Continuous upgrading and a “vocation” for farming are two keys to the success of a cooperative that could serve as a model for boosting agriculture in Cuba.

Children at the MST’s Frei Henri des Roziers Camp in Pará, Brazil - Fabíola Ortiz/IPS

Pará, Where Land is Power

The landless peasant farmers occupying large landholdings in Pará, the Brazilian state where the land conflict is most violent, face threats ranging from intimidation by armed private guards to the spraying of toxic agrochemicals over their homes and crops.

Artisanal miner panning for gold in Choluteca, Honduras. - Thelma Mejía/IPS

HONDURAS: Activists Protest Lack of Transparency in Extractive Industry Transparency Process

The Honduran government’s announcement of its plans to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has raised expectations as well as doubts, particularly due to the speed with which it aims to complete a process that has taken several years in other countries of the region.

Luis Aillapán and his wife Catalina Marileo faced criminal charges in 2002 for defending their land. - Marianela Jarroud/IPS

Indigenous Chileans Continue to Oppose Pinochet-Era Highway Project

The Coastal Highway is meant to connect one end of Chile’s long, narrow territory to the other, running north to south as close to the Pacific Ocean as possible.

Ecobreves – CHILE: Environmental Delays Raise Electricity Costs, Says Gov’t

The Chilean government claims that delays in the installation of power lines due to legal proceedings and obstacles to the issuing of environmental permits will keep electricity prices high until at least 2016.

Ecobreves – CUBA: Livestock Raising Adapted to Climate Change

A change in forage crops and the search for new sources of water are among the climate change adaptation measures implemented as part of an initiative undertaken by eight cattle farming cooperatives in Camagüey, 534 km from the Cuban capital.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: More Research Needed on Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

Only six percent of research on climate change and biodiversity conducted worldwide since 1990 addresses the impacts of these changes on biodiversity in Brazil, according to a literature review carried out by the Boticário Group Foundation.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: First Eco-Municipality

Rómulo Gallegos, a municipality in the southwestern plains of Venezuela where cattle ranching is an economic mainstay, has become the first of the country’s 333 municipalities to adopt legislation on ecologically oriented land management.

Women Fight Climate Battles

From Zimbabwe to El Salvador, women in poor countries suffer the brunt of climate change, but also learn to recover from disasters, to adapt and even to find opportunities in the new weather conditions.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: CO2 Emissions from Amazon Construction Timber Calculated

Every cubic meter of wood extracted from the Amazon and prepared for use in construction releases between 6.5 and 24.9 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), from the time the trees are cut down until their final transportation to the market in the former of boards, panels and other timber products.

Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : Insufficient Protection Against Chemical and Nuclear Accidents

Environmental organizations are carefully monitoring the consequences of a toxic cloud that spread over downtown Buenos Aires on Dec. 6, and have warned of a lack of preparation to deal with a major chemical disaster.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Environmentalists Will Manage Protected Areas

Beginning in 2013, seven protected areas in Honduras will be managed by seven environmental organizations, who will be officially responsible for their protection.

Ecobreves – MEXICO: Resources Demanded to Confront Climate Change

Environmental organizations are calling for an adequate budget for the mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its impacts.

The glaciers of the Andes Mountains are threatened by global warming. - Julieta Sokolowicz/IPS

Chile Follows in South Africa’s Footsteps for Climate Change Mitigation

The Chilean government has decided to adopt a model developed by South Africa to explore pathways to a low-carbon economy.

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