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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Air quality in Mexico City deemed extraordinarily dangerous.

Authorities of Mexico City and its metropolitan area declared an extraordinary environmental risk on Tuesday due to high levels of pollution , which implies the restriction to vehicular traffic and the reprogramming of a semifinal game of the Mexican soccer tournament. The measures come amid complicated weather conditions and numerous …

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Varela can exit environmentally “horrible” term on a high note by saving Bona’ Island.

by James “JB” Bryson I hope that Varela can do something beyond crying that Roux did not assume his puppet role, and do something significant about saving Bona’ Island.  Please read La Prensa story below________________________________________________________ https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Isla-Bona-decreto-destruir-habitat_0_5304219614.html   Faced with the new threat of converting Boná Island into an oil terminal, …

Environmental

Complaints are official against Taboga as environmentalist voices are heard.

The Ombudsman’s Office opened two administrative complaints related to the Petroterminal project on Boná Island, which belongs to the Municipality of Taboga, in the Gulf of Panama. The entity joins, in addition, the voices that ask the National Assembly to approve the bill that creates the area as a protected area. …

Environmental

Complaint accepted related to dirty Toboga Mayor that has allowed development to cut trees.

The Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) accepted the complaint filed by the Center for Environmental Impact (CIAM) for possible environmental damage on Boná Island. CIAM’s complaint, filed last Monday, April 15, is based on the cutting down of trees, the opening of a path of penetration inside the island, marked trees …

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DARIEN LOGGING: More than just a regional issue. Panama LOSES AGAIN.

Considered the last reserve of the most important biosphere in Central America and a world heritage site, the Darién jungle is under threat, due to an activity that grows, despite regulations and local and international restrictions: logging. In the joint project of ‘La Prensa’ and the Pulitzer Center, learn the …

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$200K Fund to preserve the only Big Cat species indigenous to Panama. KISS MY ASS

by James “JB” Bryson In what amounts to what is spent on one fancy dinner of elbow rubbing and gas bagging, a fund has been set up to help conserve the JAGUAR. One of the more endangered big cats of the world, that just happens to be native to Panama. …

Energy/Infrastructure

Whiffs of bullshit and payoffs related to sweetheart deal for Oil Company in Taboga.

The National Economic Council (Cena) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) justified the low rent lease authorized in the concession contract between the Mayor’s Office of Taboga and the company Bona Pacific Corp. , to establish an oil terminal in more than 34 hectares located on Boná Island. …

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Take a look at this SHIT!! Everybody could do a bit more.

In order to prevent tons of garbage from reaching the Bay of Panama, the Marea Verde Association placed a containment barrier in the Matías Hernández River. After the downpour of the afternoon of this Saturday, April 6, the problem of waste in the Panamanian rivers was evident, and especially in …

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Low River levels call for H20 moderation.

Due to the prolongation of the dry season that occurs in the country, the flow of most rivers has decreased, therefore, the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (Idaan) asks the population to “reduce the consumption” of water potable. Due to the drought, production of drinking water decreases in Pacora …

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Panama on board for Plastic Bag ban. Effective JULY 20th.

In Panama, it will be prohibited, as of July 20, 2019 , the delivery of plastic bags of polyethylene in supermarkets, pharmacies and retailers, as established by Law 1 of January 19, 2018, recalled the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of the Competition . Panama says goodbye to polyethylene …

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Study reinforces importance of Colon’ to Panamanian Ecosystem.

The always cautious jaguar. A couple of cougars. Trigrillos, peccaries, deer, capybaras or a tapir … At least 25 species of mammals use the biological corridor or strip of forest that joins the Panama Canal basin, to the west, with the natural reserves of Chagres and Portobelo, in the East …

Agriculture

UPDATE on Coiba National Park.

The Environmental Advocacy Center (CIAM) , the Mar Viva Foundation and the Pro-Defense Committee of Coiba yesterday questioned the development proposals promoted by the Ministry of the Environment (Miambiente) for the Coiba National Park, in the province of Veraguas. The organizations rejected the project to build an airstrip in this …

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Every time I give Panama credit for Environmental forward thinking…..THEY FUCK IT UP!!!

by James “JB” Bryson Just the other day I posted how a plan to save the necessary and essential mangroves that are generally run right through for the sake of development, La Prensa does an expose on how Panama takes one step forward and 20 steps backwards as they intend …

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Latin American growth influx of “human virus” will affect 1700 other species in next 50 years.

by James “JB” Bryson “Human Virus” is a quote attributed to me, NOT the attached article. As most human beings are simply useless space heaters that give off carbon dioxide, reduce natural resources, and end up doing NOTHING for the planet as a whole. Sorry people,,,,Moody Monday but it is …

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Thought to be extinct Giant Tortoise is discovered in Ecuador.

JB- Sorry folks, this stuff just interests me.  A copy of one of the endemic giant turtle species of the Ecuadorian archipelago of Galápagos, considered extinct a century ago, was found on an expedition on Fernandina Island , Environment Minister Marcelo Mata announced on Tuesday, February 19 . “On Fernandina …

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Illegal logging attributed to gangs in Azuero

Several people are being identified as members of gangs dedicated to the illegal felling and racking of cocobolo wood in the region of Azuero . Sources linked to the investigations have reported that they have effectively identified a long list of people who enter the farms at night and weekends …

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“Indiana Jones” at the forefront of Climate Change battle

The famous American actor Harrison Ford on Tuesday attacked President Donald Trump and other leaders who deny climate change, saying they are “on the wrong side of history.” By participating in Dubai in a global forum on governance, Ford – who in the film played Han Solo in the series …

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Other countries had chance to see rare “Blood Moon” yesterday, next is not until 2021

A series of unusual celestial circumstances coincided on Sunday night to hide the Moon that then reappeared dressed in a faint red in a total eclipse that captivated observers in the Americas, Europe and Africa. In Mexico and Los Angeles, from Paris to Uarzazat, the eyes settled on the sky …

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Surrounded by Ocean,…How will Climate Change affect PANAMA?

Millions of years ago, where the narrow strip of land we now call Panama is located, there was a deep ocean. When the isthmus was formed, a cascade of global events was unleashed. Looking to the future, the isthmus could once again play an important role in global change. When …

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La Prensa PODCAST: ALL should watch regarding Panama ENVIRONMENT

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson I wanted to hopefully extend the reach of this attached La Prensa podcast to any of the visitors of PNO.com, as I feel it is very informative and brings light to an issue that any of the readers of this site will know is …

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LaEstrella: Great article about PNO concerns over Progress vs Environment of Panama

Development and environmental protection: a political dilemma The Government is promoting two road projects that have resulted in the destruction of forested areas and the questioning has come to the fore. There are those who consider it inevitable. Others, which is part of the inconsistencies in government policy     ALWAYS THERE …

Agriculture

More shameful expansion as PANAMA environment is prostituted yet again. Camino de Cruces threatened

The Camino de Cruces National Park, in the village of Ancón, has more than 4 thousand hectares of primary forests, which over time have been disappearing to make way for construction projects not only private, but also state. Its creation dates back to 1992 and constitutes one of the basic …

Bocas del Toro

Titling issues coming back into light. Indigenous Panamanians tired of being used by elite? More coming

Members of the National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama protested, on Thursday morning, at the entrance of the Ministry of Environment, in Albrook. This, they said, to show their rejection of the lack of attention from this institution, in their demands for collective land titling. Marcelo Guerra, one of …

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Updated Endangered Species list released: What is affected in Panama?

by James “JB” Bryson One source of passion and interest in my life has always come from a keen involvement and knowledge of what is happening around me. If you read PNO.com often, you will find that politics provide me with serious interest. However what affects me the most is …

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BURNS MY ASS!!! So where is Emilio Sempris??? AGAIN, as mining threatens National Park in Colon’.

by James “JB” Bryson On PNO.com we have already expanded and commented on the recent logging issues and back handed concessions given by the person assigned to PROTECT the environment of Panama. Yet as I type, more activity is occurring dangerously and ominously close to protected hectares in Colon’, that …

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Sudden statement from Darien collective REEKS of BRIBES and PAYOFFS

by James “JB” Bryson For the last few weeks I have given personal attention to the uproar over the logging expansion that has occurred in the Darien region and so close to areas that are fully protected as a National Park and part of the beauty of Panama. A “legal …

Environmental

And then we have this ASSHOLE!! Here’s your Minister of the Environment.

Despite the questioning of the deputies, the environment minister, Emilio Sempris , yesterday defended the environmental impact study (EIA) category 1 for the rehabilitation and maintenance of an airstrip in the Coiba National Park , in the province of Veraguas . Members of the Coiba Council request greater transparency Oenegés …

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How is Climate change affecting the Canal?

In the last 32 years (1985-2017), the temperature in the water basin of the Panama Canal increased by an average of 0.5 degrees centigrade. It is a climatic variation that alerts the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), taking into account that the result of this change translates into a “water deficit” …

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Analysis of air quality requested for Valle de Tonosi.

The members of the Frente Tonosieño against Pollution asked the Ministries of Health, Agricultural Development and Environment for an analysis of water, soil and air in the region of Valle de Tonosí, in the province of Los Santos. Tonosí producers are unhappy by decree prohibiting aerial spraying The request of …

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THIRD UPDATE: La Prensa coverage of Darien environmental crisis

Only 9 inspectors have the Ministry of Environment in their regional Darien to monitor more than 115 thousand hectares under forest management in the area, so indigenous loggers denounce the lack of supervision. Environment approves logging of endangered trees Tala takes protected area in Darién The cutting permits are given …