tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/guatemala1 Guatemala news from mongabay.com 2015-05-22T19:20:30Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14847 2015-05-22T18:59:00Z 2015-05-22T19:20:30Z Mining and Energy Contracts under Investigation as Corruption Scandals Rock Guatemala <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0522-SCuffe-Protest1.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Guatemalan cabinet ministers for the environment, the interior, and energy and mines stepped down May 21 amid corruption scandals and massive protests. Investigations into alleged irregularities in mining, energy, and other environmental project contracts and permits have been thrust back into the spotlight. Mining and energy projects in the country have faced intense community resistance, which has often become the target of crackdowns by state and corporate security forces. Rebecca Kessler 14.743122 -90.478828 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14827 2015-05-19T20:36:00Z 2015-05-20T05:09:33Z 62M ha of Latin American forests cleared for agriculture since 2001 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/colombia/150/colombia_0061.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over 62 million hectares (240,000 square miles) of forest across Latin America &#8212; an area roughly the size of Texas or the United Kingdom &#8212; were cleared for new croplands and pastureland between 2001 and 2013, find a study published in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>. Rhett Butler -12.066663 -65.109455 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14825 2015-05-19T14:01:00Z 2015-05-19T14:26:35Z Nickel Mine, Lead Bullets: Maya Q'eqchi' seek justice in Guatemala and Canada <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0508_sc_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This week, indigenous victims of violence related to Guatemala's Fenix mine travel to Canada to speak outside the shareholder meeting of the mine's former owner, HudBay. Legal proceedings related to the violence are moving forward in Guatemala and Canada. Rebecca Kessler 15.518952 -89.381934 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14629 2015-04-13T18:38:00Z 2015-04-13T18:39:52Z Anti-mining activist shot dead in Guatemala Earlier this month, environmental activist, Telésforo Odilo Pivaral Gonzalez, was killed by unknown assailants who shot him five times. The father of six children (ages 1-11), Pivaral Gonzalez had actively opposed a conflict-ridden Escobal silver mine project run by Canadian company, Tahoe Resources, and its local subsidiary, Minera San Rafael SA. Jeremy Hance 14.477550 -90.177974 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14427 2015-02-25T19:30:00Z 2015-02-26T19:21:38Z Rainforest loss increased in the 2000s, concludes new analysis <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0225fao-vs-kim-pan_tropical150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Loss of tropical forests accelerated roughly 60 percent during the 2000s, argues a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The findings contradict previous research suggesting that deforestation slowed since the 1990s. The study is based on a map of 1990 forest cover developed last year by Do-Hyung Kim and colleagues from the University of Maryland. The map, which includes 34 countries that contain 80 percent of the world's tropical forests, enabled the researchers to establish a consistent baseline for tracking forest cover change across regions and countries over time. Rhett Butler -0.504437 27.230473 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14127 2014-12-07T23:23:00Z 2014-12-08T01:31:46Z Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/cr/150/costa_rica_siquirres_0578.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production. The effort is backed by $365 million from five impact investors. Rhett Butler -1.695767 -79.508271 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13837 2014-09-25T21:33:00Z 2015-02-20T15:22:04Z Four countries pledge to restore 30 million hectares of degraded lands at UN Summit In 2011, Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature launched the Bonn Challenge, which pledged to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020. Several countries have already made commitments&#8212;including the U.S.&#8212;but this week at the UN Climate Summit four more jumped on board. Jeremy Hance 8.964736 38.828945 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13689 2014-08-20T16:03:00Z 2014-11-25T22:28:06Z Challenging the 'tragedy of the commons': new documentary explores how humans and nature can coexist (VIDEO) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0820-cantones-2-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Guatemala, a vast community forest has prospered for centuries despite an ever-growing population, challenging the idea that human inhabitation of an area will inevitably lead to its ecological degradation. Morgan Erickson-Davis 15.723830 -91.570518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13587 2014-07-24T23:40:00Z 2014-07-25T04:12:22Z True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0724-commforest-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation is compromising forests around the world, destroying vital habitat and causing greenhouse gases emissions that are contributing to global warming. A new report released today finds a possible solution: protecting forests by empowering the local communities that live within them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.512761 -55.993002 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13335 2014-06-04T01:21:00Z 2014-06-04T01:27:19Z Guatemala establishes new reserve for endangered animals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0604sierra-carral150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Guatemala has formally established a 19,000-hectare (47,000-acre) reserve that protects several endangered bird and amphibian species, reports the American Bird Conservancy (ABC). The Sierra Caral Water and Forest Reserve received overwhelming support during a vote by Guatemala's Congress. It is the first new protected area designated by Congress since 2005 Rhett Butler 15.432997 -88.575066 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11966 2013-08-27T17:04:00Z 2013-08-27T23:37:45Z Eighty sea turtles wash up dead on the coast of Guatemala <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0827turtles150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An assortment of marine animals and birds reside along the black volcanic sand beaches of Guatemala’s Pacific coast, but lately both residents and visitors on the southeast beaches of the country have observed a tragic event – the stranding of dead sea turtles. Eighty dead sea turtles have been recorded since the first week of July. Tiffany Roufs 14.115267 -91.506958 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11797 2013-07-22T18:38:00Z 2014-03-10T10:53:24Z Featured video: saving animals from the illegal pet trade in Guatemala Found in Central America's largest forest, the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the Guatemalan organization Arcas has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of animals since its inception in 1989. Unlike many wildlife rescue centers worldwide, Arcas focuses on rehabilitating every animal for eventually release back into the wild. This means intensive training for each species, including food gathering and predator avoidance. A new short video by Arcas highlights the group's decades-long work. Jeremy Hance 17.481631 -89.851431 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10898 2013-02-20T18:09:00Z 2013-02-23T23:10:27Z First strike: nearly 200 illegal loggers arrested in massive sting across 12 countries One-hundred-and-ninety-seven illegal loggers across a dozen Central and South American countries have been arrested during INTERPOL's first strike against widespread forestry crime. INTERPOL, or The International Criminal Police Organization, worked with local police forces to take a first crack at illegal logging. In all the effort, known as Operation Lead, resulted in the seizure of 50,000 cubic meters of wood worth around $8 million. Jeremy Hance 45.782669 4.848661 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10457 2012-11-27T19:15:00Z 2015-02-09T22:15:38Z Photos: Chinese leopard wins camera trap contest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/Horned-guan_Javier-Rivas.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The third annual BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap Photo of the Year contest has produced some stunning and surprising images, including a snow leopard sticking its tongue out, a rare giant pangolin, and wrestling monitor lizards. But the winner this year was the perfect shot of a young leopard in China. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10042 2012-08-21T13:26:00Z 2012-08-22T03:14:29Z Dry forests disappearing faster than rainforests in Latin America Countries across Latin America lost 78,000 square kilometers of subtropical and tropical dry broadleaf forests between 2001 and 2010, according to a new satellite-based assessment published in the journal <i>Biotropica</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9580 2012-05-29T19:48:00Z 2015-02-05T01:21:40Z Herp paradise preserved in Guatemala <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/sierracarrel.salamander.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fifteen conservation groups have banded together to save around 2,400 hectares (6,000 acres) of primary rainforest in Guatemala, home to a dozen imperiled amphibians as well as the recently discovered Merendon palm pit viper (<i>Bothriechis thalassinus</i>). The new park, dubbed the Sierra Caral Amphibian Reserve, lies in the Guatemalan mountains on the border with Honduras in a region that has been called the most important conservation area in Guatemala. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8884 2011-12-21T19:02:00Z 2011-12-21T20:16:55Z Earth systems disruption: Does 2011 indicate the "new normal" of climate chaos and conflict? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/800px-2011_Horn_of_Africa_famine_Oxfam_01.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The year 2011 has presented the world with a shocking increase in irregular weather and disasters linked to climate change. Just as the 2007 "big melt" of summer arctic sea ice sent scientists and environmentalists scrambling to re-evaluate the severity of climate change, so have recent events forced major revisions and updates in climate science. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7627 2011-03-23T19:13:00Z 2011-03-23T19:16:11Z Top forest policies recognized 19 forest policies have been nominated for an award by the World Future Council, a global think tank. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7514 2011-03-03T15:02:00Z 2015-01-26T22:42:59Z Women are key to global conservation In 1991, my nine-year-old daughter Rachel traveled with me to Guatemala where we were struck by the heartbreaking rural poverty and mudslides worsened by widespread deforestation. We vividly remember holding a three-year-old child who was so listless and malnourished he could scarcely lift his arms. The worry and fatigue on his mother's face and the child's condition affected us both profoundly, despite Rachel's relative youth. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6871 2010-10-06T03:53:00Z 2012-01-19T05:43:02Z Loss of old growth forest continues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/1005forests150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new global assessment of forest stocks by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows continuing loss of primary forests since 2005 despite gains in the extent of protected areas. FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 reveals some 13 million hectares of forest were cleared between 2000 and 2010, down from around 16 million hectares per year during the 1990s. Loss of primary forest&#8212;mostly a consequence of logging&#8212;averaged 4.2 million hectares per year, down from 4.7 million hectares per year in the 1990s. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6593 2010-08-09T18:52:00Z 2015-01-23T17:49:15Z Photos: world's top ten 'lost frogs' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/golden_toad.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) have sent teams of researchers to 14 countries on five continents to search for the world's lost frogs. These are amphibian species that have not been seen for years—in some cases even up to a century—but may still survive in the wild. Amphibians worldwide are currently undergoing an extinction crisis. While amphibians struggle to survive against habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and overexploitation, they are also being wiped out by a fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4965 2009-09-10T18:01:00Z 2010-05-11T01:05:38Z Guatemala latest country to declare food crisis: nearly half a million families face food shortages The President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, has announced a "state of public calamity" to tackle food shortages throughout the Central American nation. The failure of bean and corn crops from drought, which cut the yields of these staple crops in half, has brought the crisis to a head. In addition, prime agricultural land in Guatemala is often used to grow export crops like coffee and sugar rather than staples. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4403 2009-03-23T00:45:00Z 2009-03-24T01:37:47Z Territorial disputes and conservation Political drivers such as those related to territorial disputes between tropical countries can result in direct and indirect ramifications negatively impacting conservation of native ecosystems report Arlenie Perez, Chuang Chin-Ta and Farok Afero in the March issue of the open access journal Tropical Conservation Science. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4273 2009-02-09T23:38:00Z 2015-01-18T05:37:00Z Salamander populations collapse in Central America Salamanders in Central America &#8212; like frogs, toads, and other amphibians at sites around the world &#8212; are rapidly and mysteriously declining, report researchers writing in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. Disturbingly, salamanders are disappearing from protected areas and otherwise pristine habitats. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2300 2007-08-06T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:12:10Z Wild parrots tracked by satellite for the first time Researchers are now tracking wild parrots from space. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2140 2007-07-09T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:46:06Z Poverty and corruption reduce effectiveness of rainforest parks <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/07/indonesia_fire_ratio-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Poverty and corruption are linked to higher incidence of fire in tropical forest reserves, reports a new study published in the journal Ecological Applications. Poor, corrupt countries -- like Cambodia, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Sierra Leone -- have the least effective parks when measured in terms of the incidence of fire relative to surrounding "buffer" areas. The findings have significant implications for rainforest conservation efforts. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1176 2006-11-01T04:28:00Z 2009-12-08T07:02:20Z Avoided deforestation could send $38 billion to third world under global warming pact <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/1031defor2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Avoided deforestation will be a hot point of discussion at next week's climate meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Already a coalition of 15 rainforest nations have proposed a plan whereby industrialized nations would pay them to protect their forests to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, last month Brazil -- which has the world's largest extent of tropical rainforests and the world's highest rate of forest loss -- said it promote a similar initiative at the talks. At stake: potentially billions of dollars for developing countries. When trees are cut greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere -- roughly 20 percent of annual emissions of such heat-trapping gases result from deforestation and forest degradation. Avoided deforestation is the concept where countries are paid to prevent deforestation that would otherwise occur. Policymakers and environmentalists alike find the idea attractive because it could help fight climate change at a low cost while improving living standards for some of the world's poorest people and preserving biodiversity and other ecosystem services. A number of prominent conservation biologists and development agencies including the World Bank and the U.N. have already endorsed the idea. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1245 2006-10-05T21:58:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:32Z $24 million debt-for-nature swap in Guatemala Tropical forest conservation efforts in Guatemala will receive $24 million under a debt-for-nature swap arranged by conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservancy, and the governments of the United States and Guatemala. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/858 2006-04-10T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:45Z Forest fires burn in Central America Hundreds of fires are burning across Central America according to NASA satellite images and reports from the ground. Fires have been detected in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/642 2005-12-05T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:24Z Archaeologists make ancient Maya discovery in Guatemala Researchers working in Guatemala have unearthed a monument with the earliest-known depiction of a woman of authority in ancient Mayan culture, according to an archaeologist at the University of Calgary. Kathryn Reese-Taylor said the 2-meter high limestone monument has a portrait of a female who could be either a ruler or a mythical goddess and dates 4th Century A.D. The statue, called a stela, was found at Naachtun, a Mayan city 90 km (55 miles) north of Tikal. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/612 2005-11-29T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:21Z Rainforests worth $1.1 trillion for carbon alone in Coalition nations If a coalition of developing countries has its way, there could soon be new forests sprouting up in tropical regions. The group of ten countries, led by Papua New Guinea, has proposed that wealthy countries pay them to preserve their rainforests. The Coalition for Rainforest Nations argues that all countries should pay for the benefits -- from carbon sequestration to watershed protection -- that tropical rainforests provide. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/550 2005-11-13T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:17Z Logging threatens Mayan ruin, forest in Guatemala In the tropical forests of Guatemala, poor rural farmers and loggers are battling environmentalists, archaeologists, and Mel Gibson over the establishment of a 525,000-acre Mayan national park. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/471 2005-10-05T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:14Z Poor aid response to storm damage in Central America Tropical storm Stan has killed more than 120 people across Central America, including more than 60 in El Salvador and 50 in Guatemala, but international aid has been slow to arrive in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Rhett Butler