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- US Resists Demands to Clean Up Panama Canal
- By Silvio Hernandez, IPS, 23 September 1998. The United
States will leave a frightening legacy of unexploded bombs
and dangerous poisons in its wake when it leaves the
Panama Canal zone at the end of the century. Repeated
pleas for a clean up campaign from Panamanian authorities
have been turned down.
- Development Model Mars Quality of Life
- By Silvio Hernandez, IPS, 13 January 1999. The Panamian
development model—based on the indiscriminate
exploitation of its natural resources—has become a
vicious circle harming the quality of life of the
people. Abusive use of agrochemicals in agriculture and
overexploitation of hillside lands. In the last 50 years,
Panama lost more than a third of its forests.
- Action Needed to Save Canal Basin
- By Silvio Hernandez, IPS, 23 May 1999. Environmentalists
have sounded alarm bells on the future of the Panama Canal
basin where forests and lands have been degraded by
agricultural and industrial activities. The canal basin
and the eastern jungle of Darien have been the site of
some of the worst aggression against natural resources in
- Threat of a ‘Faecal Swamp’
Haunts Panamanian Highway
- By Danielle Knight, IPS, 17 January 2001. A toll road
project funded by the International Finance Corporation
could turn the already polluted Bay of Panama into a
faecal mud swamp.