tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/el_salvador1 El Salvador news from mongabay.com 2013-07-17T15:14:07Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11782 2013-07-17T15:02:00Z 2013-07-17T15:14:07Z Featured video: mangroves in El Salvador imperiled by climate change A new short video by Friends of the Earth International highlights the impacts of climate change on mangroves in El Salvador, which local fishermen depend on for their livelihoods. Jeremy Hance 13.517838 -89.473114 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10283 2012-10-22T13:30:00Z 2012-10-22T13:58:52Z El Salvador mulls total ban on mining <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/llwelyn.DSCF1586.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On hot days the broken stone and dried up silt from the San Sebastian mine in Eastern El Salvador bake in the sun. The slew of refuse is freckled with rock stained bright blue with cyanide, open to the elements that on rainier days will wash it downhill into the Rio San Sebastian below. The openings of passages into the mine dot the mountainside, and further downhill a bright orange stream with a chemical stench flows into another. The American Commerce Group ceased operating here in 1999 but sought to return when the price of gold began its current escalation. Jeremy Hance 13.715372 -89.151764 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/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/8633 2011-11-02T16:41:00Z 2011-11-02T16:42:07Z Climate change already worsening weird, deadly, and expensive weather Unprecedented flooding in Thailand, torrential rains pummeling El Salvador, long-term and beyond-extreme drought in Texas, killer snowstorm in the eastern US&#8212;and that's just the last month or so. Extreme weather worldwide appears to be both increasing in frequency and intensity, and a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) connects the dots between wilder weather patterns and global climate change. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7102 2010-11-24T21:07:00Z 2012-01-28T05:52:57Z Good stewards of forests at home outsource deforestation abroad As more nations adopt better laws and policies to save and restore forests at home, they may, in fact, be outsourcing deforestation to other parts of the world, according to a new study in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)</i>. Looking at six developing nations where forests are recovering—instead of receding—the study found only one of them did not outsource deforestation to meet local demand for wood-products and food, a process known as 'leakage'. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4397 2009-03-23T00:44:00Z 2009-03-24T01:37:37Z Assessing Tropical Butterfly Communities When Time Is Short <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0323butterfly150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Butterflies can be used to quickly assess the conservation value of an area, report researchers writing in the journal <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i>. Timothy Bonebrake of Stanford University and Rubén Sorto of SalvaNATURA managed to sample 40-60% of the butterfly community in Playa El Icacal, El Salvador in just nine days. In the process, they identified areas in the region that hold the most conservation value. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2350 2007-09-05T14:30:00Z 2012-01-19T03:18:13Z Can remittances and globalization help the environment? Globalization and other economic trends appear to be helping the degraded forests of El Salvador recover, reports new research that evaluated the impact of global trade, land policy changes, and remittances on forest cover. The study, by Susanna B. Hecht of University of California at Los Angeles and Sassan S. Saatchi of the California Institute of Technology, used socioeconomic data, land-use surveys, and satellite imagery to document significant increases in the area of El Salvador covered by both light woodlands and forest since peace accords were signed in the warn-torn country in 1992. 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/828 2006-03-23T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:42Z Red Tide Causes Sea Turtle Die-Off in El Salvador A Red Tide event that occurred off the coast of El Salvador late last year directly caused the deaths of some 200 sea turtles, according to test results released today by the Wildlife conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations. 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 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/466 2005-10-04T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:14Z El Salvador's tropical storm damage worsened by deforestation Heavy rains and mudslides from Tropical Storm Stan have killed at least 30 people in El Salvador. Widespread deforestation has worsened in the impact of the storm by leaving barren hillsides vulnerable to mudslides and rivers susceptible to flooding. Rhett Butler