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Tropical Storm Ingrid Upgraded to Hurricane, 4,700 People in Mexico Evacuated

Tropical Storm Ingrid strengthened Saturday to become a Category 1 hurricane, the Mexican National Meteorological Service, or SMN, told Efe. continue reading »

6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala and also caused alarm in neighboring El Salvador, although no casualties were immediately reported. continue reading »

What Are These Curious Structures Discovered in Peruvian Amazon?

Mysterious little structures found in the Peruvian Amazon are stumping some of the top scientists in the world. Troy Alexander, a graduate student at Georgia Tech, first spotted the structure on June 7 on a blue tarp near the Tambopata Research Center, in southeastern Peru. continue reading »

Scientists to Develop Biodiesel Plant in Mexico

Mexican scientists plan to build a pilot biodiesel plant that could be used to supply the public transit system in Mexico City, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, said. continue reading »

Shrimping Boats Responsible for Sea Turtle Deaths in Guatemala, Says Environmentalists

Sea turtle deaths have been rising on Guatemala's Pacific coast due to "indiscriminate" shrimp fishing, environmentalists said. At least 80 dead sea turtles have been found on Pacific beaches in the past two months, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association, or Arcas, said in a statement. continue reading »

Spain’s Beaches are a Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

Almost half of the 3,500 or so beaches along the Spanish coast form part of the Natura 2000 network, the main conservation, management and sustainable development instrument for biodiversity in the European Union. continue reading »

Ranitas Contaminadas - Agricultural Chemicals in Sierra Frogs

There is a little rhyme in Spanish that goes: “Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana” It is a common rhyme to comfort one with a boo-boo, roughly translating to: continue reading »

Stingrays Discovered on Mexican Beaches Most Likely Dumped

The more than 200 stingrays and manta rays found on popular tourist beaches in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz last week were dumped in the area dead and did not die from ingesting toxic substances, environmental officials said. continue reading »

Controversial Nuclear Plant Gets Shut Down in Spain

The 42-year-old Santa Maria de Garoña nuclear power plant in the north-central province of Burgos, one of the eight nuclear reactors operating in Spain, has been shut down. continue reading »

Rate of Amazon Deforestation Nearly Quintupled in May

Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest lost 464.96 sq. kilometers (180 sq. miles) of cover in May, or 4.7 times the amount deforested in the same month of 2012 (98.85 sq. kilometers), officials said. continue reading »

Mexico Takes On Greater Responsibility of Protecting Sea Turtles

Mexico has been elected to preside over the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, for the 2013-2015 period, National Protected Natural Areas Commissioner Luis Fueyo Mac Donald said. continue reading »

Wind Farm Begins Operating in Nuevo Leon

Eolica Santa Catarina said its $51 million wind farm in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon started operating. The facility, which has the capacity to generate 45 GW annually of electricity, uses state-of-the-art General Electric turbines. continue reading »

Drought Forces Brazil to Import 200,000 Tons of Black Beans

Brazil's agriculture minister said Tuesday that the country must import 200,000 tons of black beans, a staple of Brazilians' diet that is getting scarce and consequently expensive as a result of the fierce drought. continue reading »

TS Barry Kills 1, Injures 3 in Mexico

Barry, which made landfall in Mexico as a tropical storm but has since weakened to a low-pressure system, left one dead and three injured and caused damage in at least 19 municipalities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said. continue reading »

Gulf of Mexico’s “Dead Zone” Could Reach Record Size in 2013

The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone," an area affected by low oxygen levels, could expand to a record 22,000 sq. kilometers (8,494 sq. miles) this year, well above the average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said. continue reading »

Scientists Investigating Whale Deaths Off Argentina

Scientists in Argentina are investigating what may have caused a spike in the mortality rate of southern right whale calves in the country's Atlantic coastal waters. continue reading »

Madrid Zoo Returns Spanish-born Panda Cubs to China

Panda bear cubs Po and De De, who were born at Madrid's Zoo Aquarium on Sept. 7, 2010, are settling into their new lives at the panda reserve in Chengdu, China, where they will live from now on, a keeper told Efe. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Authorities Rescue Baby Manatee

Rangers from Puerto Rico's Department of Natural and Environmental Resources rescued a newborn manatee they found stranded on a beach in the La Boquilla district of Mayaguez municipality on the Caribbean island's west coast. continue reading »

Scientists say Carbon Dioxide Levels Above Feared Milestone

Carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reached a level not seen in the Earth's recent history, according to a reading reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a U.S. federal agency. continue reading »

California Firefighters Have Controlled 60 Percent of Fire

The fire that has consumed more than 11,000 hectares (27,500 acres) north of Los Angeles since late last week has been 60 percent brought under control, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Sunday. continue reading »