South America

Water Graves: Nightmare for Mexican Fishermen

By Rosi OrozcoMEXICO CITY, Feb 4 2021 (IPS) All of Erizo’s nightmares are the same. Since his return from the ocean – almost unrecognizable – every bad dream is identical. A wave punches his little boat and throws him into the deep sea where everything is so dark that he …

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Cuban Farm Explores Sustainability by Hand

Terraces specially designed to prevent surface runoff during the rains have been key for growing vegetables on the sloping terrain of Finca Marta in the municipality of Caimito, Artemisa province, about 20 km from Havana, Cuba. CREDIT: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS By Patricia GroggHAVANA, Jan 28 2021 (IPS) Most beginnings are …

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Jamaica Failing to Cope with Plastic Waste

A man walks by a storm drain piled high with plastic bottles and other garbage in Kingston, Jamaica. Credit: Kate Chappell By Kate ChappellKINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 20 2021 (IPS) For decades, every time it rains heavily in Jamaica, a daunting deluge of plastic bottles and bags, styrofoam and other garbage …

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Advisors Propose New System To Regulate China’s Overseas Investments

A Chinese backed solar plant in Cafayate, northern Argentina. Such projects would be given the green light by regulators under new proposals for Chinese overseas investment Credit: Alamy/ChineseDialogue By Ma TianjieBEIJING, Jan 15 2021 (IPS) A government-backed coalition of international advisors to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has recommended …

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Dengue—an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru

International Year of Volunteers: A volunteer ombudsman in Peru helps a local woman with her problem, 2001. Credit: UN Photo By Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2021 (IPS) While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it …

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San Salvador Becomes a Sponge to Reduce Damage from Landslides

By Edgardo AyalaSAN SALVADOR, Jan 11 2021 (IPS) Throughout its history, San Salvador has faced the danger of landslides – mud and rocks that slide down the slopes of the volcano at whose feet the city was founded in 1525. The soil on these extremely steep slopes fails to absorb …

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Recovery: What Are We Talking About?

By Saul Escobar ToledoMEXICO CITY, Jan 11 2021 (IPS) The new year has arrived, but the situation is worse than in the last months of 2020. The pandemic is still unleashed: the end of the year holidays, the official permissiveness, and the slowness of the distribution of vaccines seem to …

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