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Panorama of Sao Paulo, where last year there were 82 days in which ozone concentrations were above accepted limits. /Photo credit: Photo Stock
Panorama of Sao Paulo, where last year there were 82 days in which ozone concentrations were above accepted limits. /Photo credit: Photo Stock

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By Mario Osava

Ozone Linked to Lung Cancer
A scientific team led by Brazil is investigating the effects of a gas emitted by vehicles, revealing a potential new nightmare for mega-cities. Although smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer, experts warn that ozone must be considered as another possible contributor in urban areas.

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The remains of a sperm whale found on Chile's Pinuno beach. Credit: Llanquihue newspaper
The remains of a sperm whale found on Chile's Pinuno beach. Credit: Llanquihue newspaper
By Tierramérica Editor's Desk

The Lesson of the 'Monster of Los Muermos'
The remains of a sperm whale turned a Chilean beach into a pilgrimage site for the curious and for scientists. The mystery surrounding the carcass calls attention to the lack of environmental education, say scientists.

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Desde la profundidad del cenote.
From the depths... /Photo credit: Claudio Contreras.
By Pilar Franco

Protecting Underwater History
Panama is the first country in the world to ratify the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. And now the country's laws are to be brought in line with ensuring the preservation of treasures found submerged in oceans, lakes and rivers.

 

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Birds of Prey
With their powerful hooked beaks they tear the meat from the kill, which they capture thanks to incredibly keen eyesight. These attributes apply to vultures, eagles and hawks, as well as other species known as birds of prey, or raptors.

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Mexico's Green Party gains political ground... Displaced Colombian women produce and sell organic fertilizer... Argentine institute warns of soy threat... Guatemalan forestry database completed... Honduran authorities report 900 environmental crimes... Coiba Park excluded from Panama legislative agenda...

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