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No Major Damage Reported from 5.4 Earthquake that Shook Southern Mexico

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake rattled parts of southern Mexico on Saturday, although no injuries or material damage have been reported, the National Seismology Service, or SSN, said. continue reading »

Chicago Environmental Groups Look Into Land Reuse After Coal Plants are Decommissioned

Both of Chicago‚Äôs Coal Power Plants have been officially decommissioned. A Mayoral Task Force convened to discuss the reuse of the sites releases report highlighting common ground reached between community organizations, the City of Chicago and Midwest Generation. But community concerns over remediation are yet to be addressed. continue reading »

Brazil Reduces Chevron’s Oil Spill Fine by $8 Million

U.S. supermajor Chevron will be fined $17 million for an offshore oil spill rather than the nearly $25 million announced in July, the head of Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said Monday. continue reading »

Cuba Plans to Rescue Agricultural Cooperatives

The Cuban government has approved a package of measures to rescue the system of autonomously managed farming cooperatives known as UBPCs, which cultivate 28 percent of the nation's arable land. continue reading »

El Salvador Utilizing Ocean Monitors to Prevent Natural Disasters

El Salvador's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry has installed two oceanographic stations in the Pacific to monitor waves and currents, allowing the country to be better prepared for potential disasters, officials said. continue reading »

Deforestation in the Amazon Basin Could Cause a Severe Drop in Rainfall

A researcher from the University of Leeds and his team recently used satellite data of rainfall patterns and satellite data to create a computer model to show how deforestation may cause a disastrous drop in rainfall at the Amazonian basin. continue reading »

Over 200 Million Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released by Mexico

More than 200 million olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been released over the past six years on La Escobilla beach - in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca - as part of a government conservation program, Environment Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada said. continue reading »

Fire Ravages Spain Killing 1, Injuring 5, Forcing Thousands From Homes

The fire devastating the province of Malaga in southern Spain has left one person dead and five injured while forcing 5,000 people from their homes in municipalities on the edge of the blaze, Andalusian authorities said Friday. continue reading »

Woman Struck by Lightning, Boy Drowns in Severe Rains in El Salvador

A 26-year-old woman was killed by lightning and a 3-year-old boy drowned due to the severe thunderstorms that hit El Salvador in the past few days, officials said. continue reading »

Mexican Oil Spill Responsible for Deaths of Sea Turtles, Says Environmentalists

A total of 24 sea turtles have been found dead on the beaches of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca after oil spilled from a sunken loading buoy owned by state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, the environmental group Wildcoast/Costa Salvaje said. continue reading »

Tropical Depression Helene Causes Landfall in Northern Mexico

Helene weakened to a tropical depression upon making landfall Saturday in northeastern Mexico, prompting authorities to cancel an earlier alert. continue reading »

Controversial Amazon Dam Project is Suspended by Brazilian Court

A Brazilian federal court has ordered a halt to work on a controversial hydroelectric dam project in the Amazon region, citing irregularities in the approval process. continue reading »

Environmental Group Claims Old Pemex Ships Contain Hazardous Materials

Two ships sold by state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to scrap yards in Pakistan and Bangladesh contained hazardous materials, a violation of both Mexican and international law, an environmental group said. continue reading »

Hurricane Ernesto’s Death Toll Reaches 7

The death toll from Ernesto, which first made landfall earlier this week as a low-level hurricane, has risen to seven after five more fatalities were reported in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz. continue reading »

5.7 Earthquake Rocks Mexico, No Injuries or Damage Reported

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake rocked southern Mexico's Chiapas state on Sunday, but there were no injuries or damage, the National Seismology Service said. continue reading »

Oil Leak in Brazil May Cost Chevron $24.7 Million

Brazil's National Petroleum Agency said Thursday that Chevron Corp. will be fined nearly 50 million reais ($24.7 million) for an oil leak at an offshore field last November. continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. continue reading »

Report: Hundreds Of Dolphins Likely Died of Natural Causes in Peru

The approximately 800 dolphin deaths over the past few months in central and northern Peru were likely due to natural causes, the Peruvian Sea Institute, or Imarpe, said in a report. continue reading »

Greenpeace Launches Cyber Campaign Urging Spain to Ban Coastal Drilling

Greenpeace on Friday launched a cyber campaign to urge Spain's minister of industry, energy and tourism, Jose Manuel Soria, to ban oil and natural gas drilling in coastal areas. continue reading »