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UN Forestry Plan Could Increase Logging, Advocates Warn
Stacy Feldman

Forestry advocates are warning that a UN-backed plan to preserve disappearing forests in poor nations could do the opposite if alleged loopholes are not closed.

Malaysia to Use Lab Mosquitoes to Fight Dengue
Associated Press

Malaysia could be the first country in Asia to use genetically modified mosquitoes to battle a rise in dengue fever, government authorities said this week.

Gulf Drilling Ban Lifted; Salazar Declares "Immediate Crisis" Is Over
Mike Ludwig

The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the temporary ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico set in place after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April. The moratorium was originally set to expire November 30.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Meets Oct 21
Gary R. Beck

The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club, a new club for plant lovers, beauty lovers, civic lovers and Vallarta lovers, will hold its next meeting at the Rivera Cuale condo complex on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11 am. Join in, get involved in beautification on the local level.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Presents: Bingo for Bougainvilias
Gary R. Beck

Starting November 10th, Coco's Kitchen on the southside of Vallarta will be holding Bingo for Bougainvilias every other Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. The purpose of these games is to raise funds to help the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club purchase Bougainvilias for planting in public areas.

10 Ways to Celebrate 10/10/10
Yes! Magazine

On Sunday, at over 7,000 events in 188 countries, people will be getting to work to stop catastrophic climate change - and calling on their leaders to do the same.

7,000 Climate Events Planned in 188 Countries
Marcela Valente

NGOs and ordinary citizens around the world plan to help raise awareness on the problems caused by climate change and urge governments to adopt policies to combat the phenomenon, with more than 7,000 activities in 188 countries on Sunday.

Tribal Councils in US and Canada Uniting Against Oil Sands Pipeline
Elizabeth McGowan

Last week, representatives from Canada’s First Nations traveled to Washington, D.C., to explain how mining of tar sands for heavy crude oil is causing severe health problems and environmental upheaval across their communities.

Transgenic Corn Trickles into Mexico Despite Fears
Mica Rosenberg

Genetically modified corn is trickling into Mexico after overcoming years of legal barriers, but where some farmers see the promise of reduced imports others see a threat to their heritage.

Al Gore Optimistic About Mexico Climate Summit
Agence France-Presse

Former US Vice President and environmental campaigner Al Gore expressed optimism Monday about possible advances at a key UN climate summit in Mexico in December, as gridlocked talks reopened in China.

Putting a Price on Global Environmental Damage
Principles for Responsible Investment

Global environmental damage caused by human activity in 2008 represented a monetary value of $ 6.6 trillion, equivalent to 11% of global GDP, calculates a study released today by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UNEP Finance Initiative.

World Animal Day - Pet Heaven Draws Large Crowd
Nicole Martin

Pet Heaven supporters gathered in large numbers Sunday evening on Puerto Vallarta's Malecón to give support to their fellow animal rights 'amigos' as well as Ana Sarmiento and her team from Vida Animal Bahía de Banderas, who produced the World Animal Day event at the Los Arcos Amphitheater.

'Line of Death' 35 Feet Below Gulf of Mexico
Associated Press

AP's Rich Matthews dives into the Gulf of Mexico and finds a clear line between living and dead creatures on supports that hold on to an oil rig.

Researchers Found 40-Fold Increase in Carcinogenic Compounds in Gulf
Dan Froomkin

Researchers testing the waters off Louisiana in June found hugely elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, some of which are known carcinogens.

COP16 to Give Mexico Opportunity to Consolidate Forestry Financing
Suzanne Stephens Waller

During his inauguration of the 8th 21st Century Mexico Forestry Expo, Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada said that Federal Government has promoted a financing scheme for forestry support which, in nearly four years, has managed to consolidate a figure of over five billion pesos.

México Limpio y Querido to Clean Up Vallarta's Image
Daniel Gomez

The México Limpio y Querido group is organizing the first of what will be an ongoing series of bilingual round-table forums and events to promote environmental protection in the Bahía de Banderas area. The first forum will be hosted by Puerto Vallarta Holiday Inn on October 12th.

Environmentalists Welcome New Law to Protect Glaciers
Marcela Valente

Environmental organisations in Argentina are celebrating the passage of a law restricting the extraction of minerals, oil and gas near glaciers, in order to protect these vast freshwater reserves.

Corruption and Deforestation Caused Oaxaca’s Mudslide Disaster
Kristin Bricker

On Tuesday morning, the world awoke to the news that a mudslide had buried 80% of Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, a municipality of 10,000 people. Regardless of its final death toll, the disaster was foreseeable and highlights the deadly consequences of the state's notorious, rampant corruption in public works.

'Avatar' Director Urges Slowdown for Canadian Oil Sands
Kim Murphy

The epically ruinous "unobtainium" mine on Pandora that provided the scene of most of the villainy in James Cameron's hit movie "Avatar" was modeled, he said, on an open pit copper mine. But that hasn't stopped many in his native Canada and elsewhere from comparing it to the massive oil sands developments underway in northern Alberta.

New UK Wind Farm to Cost $1.3B

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has completed 100 turbines, which could produce, at their peak, enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes.

Climate Change Affects the Poorest: Calderón
Suzanne Stephens Waller

t the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum, President Felipe Calderón declared that climate change and global warming affect the poorest people.

Radio Mil Celebrates Mexico's Bicentennial at Riviera Nayarit

Edgar Morales 'El Castor' and the team of 'El Castor Viajero' program are visiting Mexico's main tourist destinations as part of The Centennials Tour, planting a seed of environmental awareness amongst the children of San Blas.

PV Garden Club Planting at Los Mangos

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club, in coordination with Biblioteca Los Mangos, will host a planting at the Library on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11 am. Help plant our complimentary bougainvilleas in memory of a loved one or just for fun! All volunteers, new members and donations are welcome.

Fish Kills and Dead Zones Create Confusion in the Gulf
Mike Ludwig

Earlier this week, thousands of fish died and floated to the surface of Bayou Robinson in the Plaquemines Parish area of southern Louisiana. The massive die-off was the third found near the parish in a week, prompting outrage from local leaders who want to know if leftover oil and toxic dispersants from the massive BP oil spill are to blame.

Mexico's Soaring Bottled Water Use Highlights Mistrust of Tap Water
Emilio Godoy

More bottled water is consumed per capita in Mexico than in any other country in the world, according to a U.S. consultancy - a fact that alarms non-governmental organisations because it highlights the lack of access to safe tap water.

Gulf Seafood Poses Long-Term Health Risks, Experts Say
Brad Jacobson

Despite repeated assurances from federal officials and President Obama, independent scientists and public health experts have serious concerns about the long-term safety of Gulf seafood consumption.

Climate Justice Treks from Cochabamba to Cancún
Emilio Godoy & Franz Chávez

The "people's" climate agenda that the Bolivian government and civil society produced at an April conference in Cochabamba has made its way to the official United Nations negotiating table. But its inclusion in a binding climate treaty is unlikely, say activists.

Riviera Nayarit Welcomes Birth of Bengal Tigers

After a lot of hard work and commitment from the specialists at Paradise Village, they are proud to welcome the birth of two baby Bengal Tigers, Faith and Hope.

Argentina: Fighting to Save Glaciers as They Retreat
Marcela Valente

Argentina's glaciers, along with Chile's the most extensive of South America, manifest the damage caused by climate change, while they also face threats from mining and major transportation infrastructure projects.

President Says Mexico Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

Mexico is one of the countries more vulnerable to natural disasters, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said on Sunday. Calderon requested Mexicans to work in order to surpass the current challenges.

Russia vs Canada: Race for Oil-Rich Arctic Seabed
The Real News Network

Russia and Canada are neck and neck in a race for the Arctic's rich resources. Ottawa is challenging Moscow's claims to a portion of the polar seabed, but Russia says it won't give up.

Relief Bore Reaches BP's Damaged Well; Endgame in Sight
Richard Fausset & Bettina Boxall

Five months after the start of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, crews are set for the final 'bottom kill.'

Ancient Seeds in Mexico Help Fight Warming Effects
Mica Rosenberg

More than 500 years after Spanish priests brought wheat seeds to Mexico to make wafers for the Catholic Mass, those seeds may bring a new kind of salvation to farmers hit by global warming.

Vallarta Celebrates World Animal Day
Ana Sarmiento

On Sunday, October 3rd the Association Vida Animal Bahía de Banderas will gather at 6:30 pm at the arches of the Puerto Vallarta Malecón to celebrate World Animal Day, an event that is celebrated worldwide on October 4th. We invite all Banderas Bay area citizens to attend this fun family event.

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