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1. Conservationists Applaud Jaguar Release Program near Boquete - ...
By Rodrigo Campos, AFP Writer- Boquete, Panama- An ambitious and historic plan to release over 400 jaguars back into the wild in the mountain areas of the Chiriqui province in Panama is drawing praise from conservationists across Latin America. The program, which is headed by local environmentalists, is already nearly ...
2. Burning One Gallon of Gasoline - Produces 19 ...
#Panama By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In the past few months I've been working with Jeff Duda, the President of Panama Teak Forestry to help develop a marketing and publicity strategy for their plantation teak in Panama. The more I learn about this business, the more I like it, ...
3. Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino Says He Will ...
The municipal authorities in Panama City are working on a decree that seeks to punish with imprisonment those who throw garbage on the streets. Mayor Bosco Ricardo Vallarino said in the coming days they would be applying the decree involving arrests. "We're done with applying fines, now we will put ...
4. Wood From The Cocobolo Tree - Highly Desired
Apple of discord. An environment where there were no problems and everyone worked together to live better, was the one that existed in the regions of Wargandí and Embera-Wounaan, in the province of Darien, communities where today the extraction and marketing of wood from the cocobolo tree is causing conflicting ...
5. Coral reef growth linked to air pollution: study
A research team linked airborne particles caused by volcanic activity and air pollution to episodes of slow coral-reef growth. Like tree rings, long-lived coral skeletons preserve a record of coral growth. Previously, scientists linked coral-growth patterns in the Caribbean to a phenomenon called the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation—fluctuations in sea-surface temperatures ...
6. Unusually Warm Waters Causing Coral Bleaching in Panamanian ...
PANAMA (AFP) The waters around the Caribbean coast of Panama rose two degrees of temperature in the last two weeks, which has already produced consequences for marine organisms, said the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). "The temperature of the last 10 weeks was maintained at an average of 30° C, ...
7. 'Noise' is symptom of coral reef health
BRISTOL, England (UPI) -- Coral reefs can be surprisingly noisy places and the noise level is a good indication of the reef's overall health, U.K. scientists say. Researchers at the University of Bristol in England say coral reef inhabitants, such as fish and invertebrates, produce clicks and grunts that add ...
8. Huge Corotú Falls Near Panama Canal Administration Building
The passage of time seems to have overcome the huge "corotú" tree, near the administration building of the Panama Canal. The tree, clearly at least one hundred years old, fell with a crash, but fortunately nobody was injured. The staff of the Panama Canal Authority proceeded to remove the tree. ...
9. Fuel Oil Spill Contaminates Panama's Atlantic Coast
In the area of Fort Sherman a bunker spill from a ship that was seized and guarded by the Office of the Anti Drug Prosecutor is affecting the coast and mangroves in Colon, as reported by TVN correspondent Rolando Espinoza. The first to glimpse the damage were the swimmers who ...
10. Frog native to Lake Hula, once believed extinct, ...
By Zafrir Rinat - A rare frog that was once classified as being extinct has gotten a lifeline of sorts: It is now on a list of 100 animals, plants and fungi threatened with extinction. Scientists had believed the Hula painted frog became extinct after the Hula Lake was drained ...
11. 1,000 Board Feet Of Illegal Cocobolo Wood Seized ...
The local Justice of the Peace, an accordion player, and three others are under investigation by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) in Los Santos, after they were linked to the illegal movement of about 1,000 board feet of cocobolo wood. David Vergara, the Director of the ANAM in Los Santos, ...
12. very loud semi trucks
I have lived here in Panama for over seven years, and we love it. We typically live in our cabin in Bocas del Toro where it is very peaceful. On several occasions (and now) we have lived near main arteries like the Interamericas Highway. Unfortunately, there are many large trucks ...
13. Increasingly Destructive Hurricanes Attributed to Climate Change, Greater ...
Editor's Comment: I posted this article specifically to demonstrate how unbelievably stupid people can be sometimes - especially when they want to try to twist truth and facts to support their preconceived conclusions. You'll see what I mean in a minute. (My comments end, article begins.) Climatologist DeWayne Cecil, PhD ...
14. Bay of Panama Mangroves Will Be Protected While ...
The Mayor of Panama issued a decree prohibiting any earth moving, land fills, or construction within the wetland area that forms the Bay of Panama, until scientific studies are carried out to determine the treatment this area will be given. The document states in its preamble that the area of ...
15. Panamanian Authorities Seize Load of Illegal Sea Turtle ...
ORIA, Los Santos. Panamanian authorities made a seizure today, the second in ten days, of illegally gathered turtle eggs in the province of Los Santos. The seizure came as a part of operations by inspectors from the regional office of the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) in Los Santos. ...
16. What’s Next for Frankenfish? Why the FDA Should ...
Halloween may be over, but the Frankenfish—a genetically engineered salmon created by the company AquaBounty Technologies (ABT)—is still very real. Yesterday marked the end of the FDA’s public comment period, which followed the organization’s three-day hearings in late September on whether to approve the fish for consumption, and has inspired ...
17. A Tree Hugger, With a Twist
By HENRY FOUNTAIN (NY Times) BARRO COLORADO ISLAND, Panama — Stefan Schnitzer paused along one of the trails that crisscross this forested island in the Panama Canal waterway. Around him were trees, their high canopies muting the light from the tropical sun, the occasional woody vine, or liana, climbing up ...
18. Sea Turtles Need Protection in Panama
Residents of the community of Santa Ana de Los Santos denounced to this newspaper that at the coastal area near the Peñón de La Honda, people have been capturing and killing the sea turtles as they come to lay their eggs. The complainants, who asked to remain anonymous, ask the ...
19. Residents of Juan Diaz Protesting To Protect Mangrove ...
Today, we celebrate the World Environment day, date in which environmentalists and residents of the village of Juan Diaz - the most dense of the capital district - have come to protest against the felling of mangroves along its shores. The protesters allege that the cutting of mangroves and landfills ...
20. 7,000 Turtles Laying Eggs On Beach in Tonosí
Playa La Marinera, Los Santos. - At least 7,000 turtles have come to the Playa La Marinera in the district of Tonosí to spawn, in the province of Los Santos. This group of turtles that came to the area of Tonosí is considered the fourth arrival of this year. This ...
21. New species of orchid discovered in Panama
Washington: US biologists have described a stunning new orchid species from a mountainous area in central Panama. The Orchid family, contains the largest number of plant species in the world - up to 30,000, researchers said. Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, stumbled upon the ...
22. Fighting Illegal Fishing Within The Boundaries of Coiba ...
The MarViva Foundation of Panama will support institutions like the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), the National Ecological Police, and other environmental organizations to eradicate the constant illegal fishing within the boundaries of the Coiba Island National Park. Zuleyka Pinzón, national director of the foundation, said in Veraguas they are working ...
23. Three Arrested in Los Santos For Illegal Lumber
More than 7,000 board feet of Cocobolo wood valued on the international market at $300,000 dollars was seized by the National Environment Authority and the National Police in the province of Los Santos. Three people were arrested and are being investigated for environmental crime, according to the Regional Administrator of ...
24. Oil Spill in Bocas del Toro
An oil spill occurred in the early hours of yesterday at the mouth of Margarita creek in the district of Chiriqui Grande in Bocas del Toro. It is unknown the exact amount of oil that ended in the ravine and the sea. Unofficial data speaks of 100 barrels dumped a ...
25. Volunteers Clean Veracruz Beach As Part of International ...
The popular beach of Veracruz, in the district of Arraiján, was yesterday the subject of a cleanup efforts led by students and workers in the area, as a prelude to the activities to be carried around the world to celebrate the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup day. Participants gathered a ...
26. Authorities Seize Container Full Of Illegally Cut Tropical ...
Local authorities yesterday detained two containers carrying Cocobolo wood, valued at $300,000. The wood, which did not have permits, was a load of 14,000 board feet that was bound for China. Juan Guerrero, head of Integrated Water Resources Management of the National Environment Authority, said this is the first case ...
27. NGO's Demand The Creation Of A Sanctuary Corridor ...
Environmental organizations announced on Thursday in Panama that in July they will demand at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission the creation of a sanctuary to protect whales in the waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific, around the continent. "We propose that all countries continue to declare their ...
28. Report: Unreported trade of bluefin tuna
A new WWF study has found that between 2000 and 2010 the equivalent of 18,704 tons of live bluefin tuna were traded via Panama without being reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The report claims that besides Panama, Mediterranean countries including Spain, Italy, Morocco, ...
29. Timber Industry On A "War Footing" In Eastern ...
Those involved in the timber industry in the Eastern part of the province of Panama and the Darien are on a "war footing" in response to the order issued by the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) which has suspended permits for timber harvesting and transportation. Bernardo Ramos, the President of the ...
30. Protected Area In Darien Is Being Sold
The Serranía Bagre in Darien declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO and a biological corridor is being sold and devastated by politicians who are managing possessory rights and property titles on this zone. Between invasions and sold and parceled lands there are over one thousand hectares with owners –according to ...
Current Tides for BalboaClick Here for a very nice real-time visual representation of the current tides at Balboa, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The small "cross" marks the current tide level.
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