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Paolo di Croce - Miren Gutiérrez/IPS

A Slow Revolution at the Dinner Table

"The day we all decide to eat fresh and local, to eat less meat... we will have a revolution," says Paolo di Croce, secretary-general of Slow Food International.

El Tatio Geyser field in northern Chile. - Public Domain

Geothermal Debate Simmers in El Tatio

El Tatio, the world's third largest geyser field, is in the sights of energy, tourism and conservation interests.

View of Brazil's Porto Alegre from the Guaíba River. Ponta do Melo could end up like this. - Clarinha Glock/IPS

Red Card for Porto Alegre?

The 2014 soccer World Cup has created a dilemma for the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre: real estate and tourism development or environmental preservation?

Workers clean up oil spill in the Amazon - Ben Powless

Petroleum Sullies the Peruvian Amazon

More than 70 percent of the Peruvian Amazon was divided up into concessions for oil investments between 2003 and 2008, according to a non-governmental report.

Hybrid buses at the 2005 International Expo in Aichi, Japan - Public Domain

Rare Metals Could Trigger Next Trade War

China beat the United States to the punch and has cornered production of rare metals used in environmentally friendly technologies that the world needs to curb climate-changing pollution.

Fourth Assembly of Environmentally Affected, held in May in El Salto, Jalisco. - Courtesy of

Mexican Scientists and Communities Forge Eco-Alliances

Two worlds join forces in Mexico -- academia and common folk -- to confront environmental problems.

The Biodiesel Program - Courtesy of the Municipality of Necochea

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Engine

The touristic city of Neochea, Argentina, is putting together a pioneering plan for the compulsory collection of used cooking oil from restaurants in order to produce biodiesel.

Work begins on eco-paths in Rio's Rocinha slum. - Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

Nature Paths Instead of Wall for Rio Slum

Rio de Janeiro's largest slum has halted construction of a much-criticized wall in exchange for ecological and recreational corridors between the impoverished neighborhood and a city forest.

Harvesting cacao in Remolino. - Courtesy of Rodrigo Velaidez/Chocaguán

The Farmers Who Abandoned Coca for Cocoa

Amidst the violence of civil war and the illegal coca trade, a handful of Colombian farmers have embraced chocolate production in the Amazon forest.

Student Keith Garcia Reges in action - : Clarinha Glock/IPS

Electronic Garbage Can Produce Marvels

While learning to recycle electronic waste, young Brazilians are acquiring skills and greater awareness about the impacts of material consumption.

Marco Zapata on the shrinking Pastoruri Glacier in the Blanca range in the Andes. - Courtesy of Marco Zapata

In Peru, Water Isn't For Everyone

The frozen treasure of Peru's glaciers is melting away, leaving the population facing a dry future.

Bartering Is Not Your Usual Trade

The exchange of goods and services without involving money rises and falls in Argentina in inverse proportion to national prosperity, and is apparently far from sinking in the stormy waters of the globalized economy.

Tourists enjoying Le Méridien Hotel. - Claudio Cruz/IPS

Hints of Sustainability at Cancún Resorts

Cancún, a resort destination in Mexico, began to lose tourists who were demanding a more natural vacation. As a result, several companies have set out on the path towards a more sustainable hotel industry.

Compost in Garopaba, Brazil. - Clarinha Glock/IPS

Making Eco-History in a Brazilian Beach Town

Waste composting has opened a new path for a southern Brazilian beach destination towards its goal of becoming a "sustainable city".

Capybaras wandering around Rio de Janeiro. - Rodnei Bandeira de Mello/IPS

Brazil's Concrete Jungle

Rio de Janeiro is being populated with yacaré caimans, capybaras, boa constrictors, monkeys, and other wild animals. Could the jungle be sprouting back up again through the concrete?

Sailing in search of turtles. - Alejandro Kirk/IPS

Amazon Turtle Quest

Two reporters embark on an expedition across Lago Verde, in eastern Amazonia, to observe how scientists and local fishing people join efforts to study and protect the area’s turtles.

Organic coffee beans. - Joseph Sorrentino/Comercio Justo México

Recession Challenges Fair Trade

The uncertainty caused by the global economic recession has cast a shadow over the immediate future of fair trade efforts in Latin America.

Rapeseed growing in Bavaria, southern Germany. - Photo Stock

German Biodiesel Forced to Compete

The imminent elimination of government subsidies for German biofuels threatens an industry that was just beginning to take off.

Guatemalan coffee growers in full harvest. - Courtesy of Anacafé

The Awakening of a Better Coffee

A project in two languages, Café and Caffé, has built a bridge between the most demanding Italian consumers and the poorest of Guatemala's coffee growers.

The island of Bali is the venue of the world's biggest meeting on climate change. - Wikipedia

Bali Forecast: Low Expectations

Don't expect clear actions to come from the climate conference in Bali. The mission is to hammer out an agenda for negotiations and a measurable threshold of commitments to fight global warming, say experts.

Extraction of venom from a blue scorpion. - Randy Rodríguez

Hope-Filled Venom

Cuban scientists will conduct clinical trials of the anti-cancer properties of the venom from a scorpion native to the Caribbean island. They have administered it to more than 8,000 patients since 2000.

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