Belize votes to indefinitely end all oil exploration in its waters

January 8, 2018 by  
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The small Central American nation of Belize has decided to indefinitely end all new oil exploration in its waters. Belize only produces 3,000 barrels of oil a day, in contrast to the 1.5 million barrels that the United States produces each day in the Gulf of Mexico. However, this small but significant action sends a message to other developing countries trying to balance economic development with conservation. Like many developing economies, Belize’s depends on the export of its natural resources. Despite the economic importance of oil exports, the government decided that the preservation of its coral reefs and pristine waters were more important in the long run than petrodollars today. Home to a bit less than 400,000 people, Belize also hosts the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. This and Belize’s other natural attractions, such as lush rain forests, attract tourists from around the world and generate $200 million annually, over 10 percent of the country’s GDP, in tourism revenue. Allowing oil exploration along the coast could seriously endanger the country’s tourism industry and ecological health. Environmental groups have been advocating for a ban on oil exploration since 2006, when Belize’s only oil company discovered new reserves. Related: Gorgeous Belize eco-resort will offer 100% carbon neutral villas The coral reef and its accompanying tourism supports the livelihoods of more than 190,000 people in Belize, so it is no surprise that the public is engaged in protecting the ecosystem . “Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first,” said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reef scientist Nadia Bood, according to Quartz . Environmentalists hope that Belize will inspire similar action in other countries. “Ending oil activities will encourage other countries to follow suit and take the urgent action that is needed to protect our planet’s oceans ,” said WWF campaigner Chris Gee, according to Quartz . “Like the Belize Barrier Reef, nearly half of natural World Heritage sites worldwide are threatened by industrial pressures.” Via Quartz Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

May 7, 2015 by  
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The Golden Toad once made its home in the mountaintop cloud forests of Central America, but as climate change-driven drought caused the forests to disappear, so too did the toad—now considered extinct , as it hasn’t been seen since 1989. If climate change continues at its current rate,  one in six species could face a similar fate , according to a new meta-analysis of 131 published studies examining everything from Arctic foxes to Californian Oak Trees. Read the rest of Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia extinction , Climate Change , climate change environment , environmental destruction , extinction rates , global temperature animals , global warming , golden toad , habitat loss , south america extinction

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Coffee leaf tea is the latest craze – and it packs more antioxidants than green tea

March 3, 2015 by  
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Would you like a cup of coffee? No, wait, it’s tea. No, it’s coffee. The hottest new beverage is a delicious tea made from coffee leaves . Brilliant, right? It’s a drink that doesn’t just sound novel; it’s also really good for you. Ranking low in caffeine and packing more antioxidants and polyphenols than green tea, coffee leaf tea provides a stable income for coffee farmers in addition to some really satisfying sips. Read the rest of Coffee leaf tea is the latest craze – and it packs more antioxidants than green tea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Central America Coffee , coffee alternatives , coffee bean farmers , coffee leaf tea , economic stability , low caffeine beverages , low caffeine drinks , teas high in antioxidants , wize monkey

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Fungus Outbreak Threatens to Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America

June 12, 2013 by  
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Coffee photo from Shutterstock Your morning cup of joe may be next on the endangered list. A disease outbreak in Central America is threatening hundreds of thousands of farms by crippling coffee plants and causing their fruits not to ripen. The culprit, called coffee rust , is a leaf-blighting fungus thought to be flourishing now due to climate change . So far more than 50 percent of the coffee plants growing in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have been affected by coffee rust. Read the rest of Fungus Outbreak Threatens to Wipe Out Coffee Crops in Central America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Central America Coffee , Climate Change , coffee in danger , coffee rust fungus , eco design , green design , sustainable design        

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Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

June 12, 2013 by  
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Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

May 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But food security is a serious issue in the 21st century, as countries around the world struggle to produce enough food to feed their growing populations. A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany that was published in the journal  Environmental Research Letters suggests that over half of the world’s population could depend on imported foods by 2050. Read the rest of Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: central america , Climate Change , diet , food security , germany , imported food , marianela fader , Middle East , North Africa , Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , self sufficiency        

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Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But food security is a serious issue in the 21st century, as countries around the world struggle to produce enough food to feed their growing populations. A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany that was published in the journal  Environmental Research Letters suggests that over half of the world’s population could depend on imported foods by 2050. Read the rest of Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: central america , Climate Change , diet , food security , germany , imported food , marianela fader , Middle East , North Africa , Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , self sufficiency        

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Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But food security is a serious issue in the 21st century, as countries around the world struggle to produce enough food to feed their growing populations. A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany that was published in the journal  Environmental Research Letters suggests that over half of the world’s population could depend on imported foods by 2050. Read the rest of Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: central america , Climate Change , diet , food security , germany , imported food , marianela fader , Middle East , North Africa , Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , self sufficiency        

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Trees Pass Through the Interior of Paz Arquitectura’s Casa Corallo in Guatemala City

April 6, 2012 by  
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Mode:lina’s New Coworking Office Maximizes Space With Private Plywood Loft

April 6, 2012 by  
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