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Just like Panama…..it takes Covid for them to realize the importance of nature to the economy.

JB: “Green Tourism” on a beautiful island, WOW what a tremendous fucking idea. https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&pto=aue&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=http://elsiglo.com.pa/economia/miambiente-activan-turismo-verde-conservacion-panama/24168240&usg=ALkJrhix1DY-zTrYWqRgJM2GI3ee4-xvdQ “We plan to increase the protected areas on the maritime surface by 2021 from 10% to 30%” The Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), the Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) and the Fundación Caminando Panamá held a working …

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Scientist debunks how invasive plant species reached Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/planeta/201201/cientifica-smithsonian-esclarece-leyenda-urbana JB: to my e-mailers,,,,screw you, this shit interests me. LOL Urban legends abound about the origins of canal straw in Panama, but the Smithsonian has new evidence that puts an end to the question. Gutter straw is an invasive weed, native to Asia. Because its tiny seeds are carried by the …

Agriculture

For JB: Environment agency opening protected areas.

Buenas Dias: Josito https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/miambiente-anuncia-reapertura-de-areas-protegidas-marinas/ The Ministry of the Environment (Miambiente) announced yesterday the reopening, as of next Monday, October 26, of a second group of natural areas under its protection. This time it is the reserves that include marine, aquatic and lake areas. Minsa makes official reactivation of new group of activities; walks to …

Agriculture

Panama to open Protected parks today.

Para: Josito https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/estas-son-las-14-areas-protegidas-que-abriran-al-publico-a-partir-de-este-lunes/ The Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) reported that as part of the restart of activities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic , a total of 14 terrestrial protected areas will open to the public starting this Monday, October 5. The Ministry of Health (Minsa) published on Friday in the Official Gazette the decree by …

Environmental

With Global emissions halted, immediate reduction of pollutants.

General overall view of sparse traffic on the Interstate 710 freeway amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Los Angeles.Sports/Newscom/ZumaFor indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones’ newsletters. This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The …

Energy/Infrastructure

Waste Management takes on new importance during Corona outbreak.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/manejo-de-residuos-en-tiempos-de-pandemia/ Caring for patients with Covid-19 and prevention actions – use of masks, gloves, antibacterial gel and other protective materials – to prevent new infections, cause more waste in hospital centers and, now, in so-called hospital hotels and in homes. How are these wastes from patients with Covid-19 handled in Panama? The Ministry of Health …

Environmental

With humans inside, the wildlife of the world stretches their legs.

https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-animals-reclaiming-cities-covid-19-pandemic-140503907.html As the coronavirus pandemic leaves the world’s major cities deserted by humans, animals have been spotted enjoying the peace and quiet. The global outbreak of the virus has seen many countries such as Spain, Italy, Japan and Chile, as well as the UK, impose a lockdown on citizens. But mother nature …

Conservation

March 14th, big day for Environmentalists in Panama. Please read.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/planeta/200311/agua-energia-son The importance of rivers goes beyond what is imaginable. Since ancient times, rivers have served civilizations as communication routes between cities, as well as a source of food, fresh water and energy for the communities settled in their surroundings. Within this framework, there is no doubt that “it is our …

Economy

PNO revisiting topic of Panama beachfront. Crucial vote forthcoming.

I/E: Don’t F- – K this up people!! https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/semana-crucial-para-el-futuro-del-proyecto-de-recuperacion-de-playas-en-la-ciudad-de-panama/ Amid a controversial debate about whether it is necessary to invest about 120 million dollars in the project to recover beaches in Panama City, this week defines the future of this initiative that drives the City Hall. Voices for and against …

Environmental

Nephew just returned from Colombia and saw Hippos. Here is why.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pablo-escobars-hippos-keep-multiplying-and-colombia-doesnt-know-how-to-stop-it/ Fishing villages, small boats and children at play dot the landscape along the shallow waterways of Colombia’s Magdalena River. But an invasive species left behind by one of the country’s most infamous figures is threatening the ecosystem and, possibly, a way of life. That species? Hippos. The giants, native …

Conservation

Panama finally addressing “waterfront” hotels of water that can’t be used.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200224/bahia-panama-estaria-saneada-ano The waters of the Bay of Panama would be clean by 2050. Although, the administration of the Sanitation of Panama explained that there have been significant improvements in the quality of the bodies of water (streams, rivers and the Bay of Panama) in those sectors Having been intervened by …

Environmental

Environmental exhibition up to raise awareness in Panama.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/una-ciudad-en-resiliencia/ Global warming and its consequences are undeniable, bringing with it a climate crisis from which Panama does not escape. That is why, in search of finding and promoting actions that help the isthmus in its fight against these effects, the Biomuseo inaugurated its new temporary room “Your new city: how to …

Conservation

Help coming to aid pollution in Costa del Este.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/marea-verde-recibira-fondos-internacionales-para-proyecto/ An initiative of the Green Tide Foundation, which will integrate a mechanical device equipped with artificial intelligence to the garbage container barrier (BOB) that since the beginning of 2019 was installed at the mouth of the Matías Hernández river, in Costa del Este, was chosen as the most outstanding …

Energy/Infrastructure

Dialogue renews over the City (Shitty) coastline of Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200113/200112-playas-ciudad-deben-acondicionarse A peaceful demonstration, on the outskirts of the Municipality of Panama, on January 15, 2019, has proposed those who are against the construction of artificial beaches in the Bay of Panama. On the subject, the architect, environmentalist and former mayor, Raisa Balfield believes that instead of building artificial beaches, …

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World should be WOKE to tragedy in Australia. Hoping all can help.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Of all the shitty things that happened in a shitty week, it is this horrible event that has me the most upset. Australia is literally going through an extinction level event with these wildfires. A country so unique with an abundance of animals and fauna …

Conservation

Need some good news for my Environmental pals.

25 Year old Foundation showing great conservation progress in Brazil, which translates throughout region. The Foundation, which has turned 25 this year, has added the pechigrís parakeet to the list of species it has managed to save from extinction with its ‘in situ’ and ‘ex situ’ work. This year, as …

Conservation

More Panama perspective on Climate change. Ex-Pats take notice.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/el-ascenso-de-los-mares/ A year ago I wrote an article in La Prensa warning about the future impacts of sea level rise in Panama. I used a playful analogy about the fact that the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea 3 million years ago, and that, with the current climate change, the sea will …

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A possible better option than Paper Straws to replace Plastic.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As much as the bay surrounding my condo in Panama makes me sick to my stomach, coming home to the states I am reminded in full how pollution once it hits the seas is not relegated to the 2nd and 3rd world nations. Quite the …

Conservation

PANAMA steps up as Global Partner in protecting Endangered Species.

The largest of cat species indigenous to PANAMA. Protect the Jaguar. 40% of natural territory has already been taken. Chucunaque is 4 to 6 years old, 55 kilos, two puppies and his skin looks dark stained. It is the first jaguar (Panthera onca) that wears a GPS collar for its …

Conservation

Panama energy sector finally looking to solar.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/Inversionistas-apuestan-fuentes-energias-alternas_0_5436206336.html The appetite of investors who bet on the Panamanian energy sector is leaning towards alternative sources of generation. 57% of the licenses and concessions granted by the National Public Services Authority (ASEP) correspond to plants that use energy from the sun and wind. Until October 30, ASEP held 14 …

Conservation

Embrace the importance of the Sea Turtles to Panama.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/avistamiento-atractivo-turistico-Isla-Canas_0_5434706493.html An authentic natural spectacle occurs in Isla Cañas, district of Tonosí, when hundreds of turtles, of about four species, arrive to spawn. And this season of the year dozens of tourists move, by water, to this community to observe the turtle parade, which this season nest. Hawksbill, bighead, green, …

Conservation

Trees and Timber are the new victims of “poaching”, as exploitation of Darien continues.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Bandas-criminales-explotan-mineria-ilegal_0_5427957176.html The Colombian criminal gangs that operate on the border between Panama and Colombia, control the illegal mining that is exploited in some towns of Darién. The Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Organized Crime and the Metropolitan Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office are conducting investigations related to the operation of …

Environmental

This makes me sick. Hope it does the same for all.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Interestingly enough, I was just having a conversation earlier with a gentleman that told me about a trash line in the Bocas areas the stems for miles. Loaded with plastic, bottles, etc. People really need to see shit like this to realize that he ocean …

Conservation

Coiba is home to new species of Coral.

OP ED: “JB”- I have had the pleasure of being on a scuba excursion in Coiba, but never quite 63 meters deep. https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/Descubren-nuevo-coral-aguas-panamenas_0_5424957524.html The Psammogorgia pax is a new species of coral discovered 63 meters deep on the Hannibal Bank, an underwater mountain in Coiba National Park. It is a …

Environmental

Take a 500 year walk into History.

https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/Ruta-transistmica-paso-mulas-neopanamax_0_5418208190.html Because of its importance for global communications, the colonial transistmic route has remained in force until today. From the Hispanic trail, following ancient tribal paths on foot and mule to conquer a new sea, to the construction of an interoceanic canal, there are 500 years of history marked by …

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These posts will be getting far more PNO attention.

Looking to bring both Panamanian and Ex-Pat attention to the shady deals that the powers that be engage in that hurt the environment. Far too close in proximity to the Smithsonian. “JB” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/190923/colon-alerta-secreta-concesion An area of ​​reefs and corals with an area of ​​up to 31 hectares in the Columbus …

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PNO supports AWF. Please use link.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– I know we are in the midst of Oceans Month here in Panama, and I hope people are looking into my last post and link to help out. Since our readership and online presence has grown over the last 18 months, I wanted to add …

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PLEASE SUPPORT THIS.

by James “JB” Bryson– As mentioned the other day, SEPTEMBER is OCEANS MONTH in Panama. Please use this link and see if there is any way you can take time to get involved in this in your area of the country. _____________________________________________________________________________ https://playacommunity.com/panama-articles/panama-national-news/6156-september-is-ocean-month-in-panama.html This September is oceans month in Panama. …

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Problem in Florida Everglades now coming to Panama. EXOTIC PET SPECIES

OP ED: “JB”- Seems as good a time as any to piggyback off this story. I have been looking at images of Florida all week due to the Hurricane Dorian. What some may not know is that Everglades, also known as “The River of Grass” from the famous author Marjory …

Editorial Contribution
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FANTASTIC EDITORIAL: La Estrella- Ricardo Arturo Ríos Torres

http://laestrella.com.pa/opinion/columnistas/apocalipsis-amazonico-darien/24137000 OP ED: A terrific piece of informative and important writing from someone much more recognized and appreciated than myself. “JB” ______________________________________________________________________________ Amazon and Darien apocalypse Nature works in a cosmic harmony, any imbalance in a part of the planet affects humanity. The universe is a systematic whole of related (positive …