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The fertile Amazon jungle. / Photo credit: Photo Stock.
The fertile Amazon jungle. / Photo credit: Photo Stock.

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By Mario Osava

Pre-Columbian Society Found in the Amazon
Brazilian Carlos Fausto, part of the team that made the discovery, tells Tierramérica how the new archeological evidence debunks the myth that the Amazon was an uncivilized area prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the 15th century.

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By Michelle Nel

Extractive Industries on the Defensive
British Petroleum and Shell International, among other transnationals, pledge to respect protected areas, but conservationists are wary of the big business discourse.

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Pesca con arpón. Crédito: Mauricio Ramos.
Harpoon fishing/ Photo credit: Mauricio Ramos.
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Fish and the Fishing Industry In Peril
Fish species such as the porgy and the corvina are languishing in the seas of Central America, and the future of small-scale fishing operations is in jeopardy due to overexploitation of fish stocks and lack of planning.

 

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The Dilemma of the Ozone Hole and Climate Change
Scientists hope by 2005 to launch alternatives to two chemicals used as replacements for ozone-depleting CFC gases but which themselves contribute to climate change.

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Crédito: Mauricio Ramos.
Credit: Mauricio Ramos.

The Cartagena Protocol
On September 11 the Cartagena Protocol entered into force, the first international treaty on the transfer, management and use of organisms modified using biotechnology techniques. It is hoped that the treaty will foment the safe use of transgenics, an issue that has awakened a heated global debate, pitting the United States against Europe.

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Bacteria to battle sulfur contamination in Argentina... Garbage dumps hamper flights at Colombian airport... Peru's waste collection system reorganized... Costa Rica creates first crocodile park... Respiratory ailments on the decline in Nicaragua... Pro-environment decade for Honduras

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