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Herp paradise preserved in Guatemala

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 (Bothriechis thalassinus).
"This major land purchase lifts the last hurdle for the Guatemalan government to declare the area a National Wildlife Sanctuary, something that local communities and conservationists have been desperately awaiting since 2000,"
- Marco Cerezo, head of FUNDAECO

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Herp paradise preserved in Guatemala

Source: MongaBay, Tue May 29, 2012
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 (Bothriechis thalassinus).

Protecting villagers from deadly mudslides this article opens in a new window

Story contains video Source: CNN, Tue February 22, 2011
Anne Hallum is helping rural Guatemalans protect their villages from deadly mudslides. Since 1992, her nonprofit, Alliance for International Reforestation, has worked with more than 2,000 families to plant nearly 4 million trees throughout the country.

Central America Taps Volcanoes For Electricity

Source: Planet Ark, Wed September 22, 2010
Dotted with active volcanoes, Central America is seeking to tap its unique geography to produce green energy and cut dependence on oil imports as demand for electricity outstrips supply.

Maya nut changes lives while aiding the rain forest

Source: CNN, Sun April 19, 2009
In the rain forests of Central America grows the nutrient-rich Maya nut. The marble-sized seed can be prepared to taste like mashed potatoes, chocolate or coffee.

Rare ‘dinky’ bird migrates to US for first time

Source: Associated Press, Sat January 10, 2009
Choke Canyon, Texas, USA - Birders with binoculars and cameras are flocking to a remote state park in search of a small yellow-chested bird that apparently crossed the U.S. border for the first time from its high-mountain habitat to the south.

Guatemalan women build unique partnership with leading US yerba mate distributor

Source: Hopebuilding, Sun December 07, 2008
Ixlu Peten, Guatemala - Ensuring that ingredients are sourced in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner is important to Guayaki Yerba Mate, an award-winning North American maker of invigorating organic drinks.

Providing Hope for Laguna del Tigre

Source: Conservation International, Tue February 05, 2008
Laguna del Tigre National Park, Guatemala - A new management plan is providing a blueprint to not only halt but also reverse the destruction of Laguna del Tigre, Guatemala's largest national park and one of the most critical ecosystems in the Mesoamerica Hotspot.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

US Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection

Source: Planet Ark, Thu October 05, 2006
Guatemala City, Guatemala - The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife, the government said Monday.

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