White sand band-aid won’t save the bay
One does not have to be a seasoned environmentalist to see the folly of spreading fake white sand like a band-aid strip on a short stretch of the Manila Bay shore to clean, beautify and rehabilitate it.Overlaying a portion of the shore with white sand is akin to attempting to lighten dark skin with an application of whitening cream, except that in the case of Manila Bay, the murky appearance of the beach comes from the grime accumulated over time.The better thing to do is to clean up, stop the influx of untreated effluents from surrounding inland sources, install more treatment facilities and ...
Body of missing environmentalist found in Honduras
Tegucigalpa (AFP) - A missing environmentalist who recently said he feared for his life has been found dead in Honduras, a country considered high-risk for human rights and environmental defenders, humanitarian groups said Tuesday.Marvin Damian Castro, 29, was found dead on Monday a after he went missing, the Committee of Families of the Detained-Disappeared in Honduras NGO reported.His body was found in the Sacamil River in Perspire, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa.Castro, who was a member of a network of environmental defense groups in southern Honduras, had ...
Sheinbaum, first woman elected Mexico City mayor
Mexico City (AFP) - Claudia Sheinbaum, a Jewish scientist, environmentalist and left-wing politician, became the first woman ever to be elected Mexico City mayor on Sunday, according to exit polls.Sheinbaum, 56, has made a rapid political rise to lead North America's largest city -- though it has not been without controversy.She won the election to lead the capital with between 47.5 and 55.5 percent of the vote, according to the polling firm Mitofsky.She will not be the first woman to govern Mexico City -- Rosario Robles held the job on an interim basis from 1999 to 2000, after her boss, Cuauh...