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Kudos to volunteers doing beach clean up in Pedasi.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Voluntarios-recogen-desechos-isla-Iguana_0_5349215038.html Using trolleys, rakes, shovels and plastic bags, at least 100 volunteers cleaned up on Saturday, July 13, the vicinity of Isla Iguana, district of Pedasí, province of Los Santos. Miguel Batista, mayor of Pedasí and manager of the initiative, said that this is the first day of winter clean-up …

Environmental

Global fishing industry cuts it’s own throat with thoughtless killing of sharks.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- These assholes that run and control international fishing entities continually go against decades worth of data and go on with the mindless slaughter of sharks on a yearly basis. Not only do they disrupt the natural order of things by decreasing an apex species at …

Environmental

Ever notice this site along the Correador Sur?? More companies joining “Bag Ban”.

https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/empresas-descargado-formulario-vender-reutilizables_0_5330466964.html With 30 days to go into effect the rule that prohibits shops in general deliver plastic bags to their customers, about 100 companies have downloaded the form that authorizes the sale of reusable bags. This law does not limit the use of plastic bags in the country, which is …

Energy/Infrastructure

MAY numbers are in. 9 of 10 hottest Months in history have occurred since 2010.

In recent years, May has been hotter than in more than a century. Earth and the world’s oceans combined to reach 15.63 degrees Celsius in the month just ended, or 1.67 degrees above the 20th century average, the National Centers for Environmental Information said in a statement on Tuesday. That …

Environmental

Panama cutting it’s own throat, as Darien logging activity kills swathe of vital land.

The country lost 352 thousand hectares in 18 years The province with the highest forest loss between 2000 and 2017 was Darién. There, during the last years, several denunciations have been presented for illegal logging. The country lost between 2000 and 2017 about 352 thousand hectares of forests, due to …

Environmental

FOLLOW UP: Beach clean up in Bella Vista

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/operativo-limpieza-recolectan-Bella-Vista_0_5323717578.html A large amount of garbage was collected at Bella Vista beach, in Guararé, to avoid affecting the marine species of the sector. The Ministry of Environment staff and a group of volunteers collected plastic, glass, tires and cans in the area of ​​Bella Vista beach. In addition to the …

Environmental

Metropolitan Park to receive $5Million facelift.

$ 5 million will be invested to create cultural and artistic areas, as well as new trails and facilities to increase the influx of visitors. https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Parque-metropolitano-ampliara-atracciones_0_5322967709.html Enter the domain of the Metropolitan Natural Park is a blow to the senses. The change in temperature is immediate and, despite being a …

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Punta Culebra Natural Center starts Whale exhibit.

by James “JB” Bryson I wrote a blog entry about this great place back in December of last year. I think it is a fantastic place and great if you have young children eager to learn about the natural and wildlife diversity here in Panama. They have just started a …

Energy/Infrastructure

Water treatment intends to improve quality of rivers and beaches.

To recover the quality of the water of the rivers through the collection and the due treatment of the residual waters and to improve the sanitary conditions of the districts of Panama, San Miguelito, Arraiján and La Chorrera are some of the main objectives of the Sanitation program of Panama …

Environmental

Only 1 of 3 vital environmental areas protected in Cerro Canajagua.

Only one of the three areas of the Cerro Canajagua National Park, in the province of Los Santos, is protected by a municipal agreement; the rest lacks that shielding. Only the Municipal Council of Las Tablas through Agreement No. 22 declares Cerro Canajagua as a forest, animal and river reserve. …

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PNO.com visitors: Personal Plea to Aid in this cause for all of PANAMA. Protect the JAGUAR

by James “JB” Bryson PNO.com is proud to support and solicit any and all people to be more aware of this cause. The Jaguar is the largest indigenous mammal in Panama, as well as being one of the strongest of the big cats. It has been considered since the days …

Air Travel

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 …

Environmental

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. …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

“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 …

Environmental

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 …

Environmental

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 …