Central America & the Caribbean

"Mystery Disease Kills Thousands in Central America"

"A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and striking thousands of others with chronic kidney disease at rates unseen virtually anywhere else. Scientists say they have received reports of the phenomenon as far north as southern Mexico and as far south as Panama. ..."

Source: AP, 02/13/2012

"After The Quake, Praise Becomes Resentment in Haiti"

Two years after the earthquake in Haiti that took at least 250,000 lives and left many camping in the open, the outpouring of several billion dollars in aid from charitable organizations has done little to rebuild the country.

Marjorie Valbrun reports for iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity) January 10, 2012.

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Source: iWatch News, 01/13/2012

1000s of Sugar Cane Workers Die as Wealthy Nations Stall on Solutions

A mysterious kidney disease is killing hundreds of men yearly in Central America. The men are all sugar cane workers. Dehydration and heat stress from strenuous work are key contributing causes, but researchers suspect that exposure to an unknown toxic substance may be an important triggering factor also.

Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene report for iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity) December 12, 2011.

 

Source: iWatch News, 12/12/2011
June 13, 2011 to June 14, 2011

Responding to Climate Change in the Caribbean

This policy-focused conference aims to bring together researchers, officials and representatives of the private sector and NGOs to find effective, forward-looking responses to climate change in the Caribbean.

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