Environment

Freezing Temperatures Cause Forty-Nine Deaths in Southern Peru

Twelve young children under the age of five have died in Puno, and another eight children in Cusco, from respiratory infections in the past several weeks of freezing temperatures and snow. According to the Puno regional health office, the children in Puno were reported in different areas that lie above […]

Harsh Weather Takes its Toll in Peru’s Southern Andes

Harsh Weather Takes its Toll in Peru’s Southern Andes

Plummeting temperatures in southern Peru, particularly in the high Andes and altiplano above 4000 masl (13,000 ft), have caused the death of at least 48 children from pneumonia and related diseases since April this year. Most of the children were already weakened by malnutrition. Daily El Comercio reported that some […]

Emergency in Madre de Dios: Mercury in the Rivers and Fish

Emergency in Madre de Dios: Mercury in the Rivers and Fish

The government has declared a 60-day emergency throughout the Madre de Dios region, following reports of a high content of mercury in the rivers that flow through one of the richest biodiversity areas on the planet. The measure is to implement actions to clean up and reduce mercury contamination and […]

New Dry Forest Conservation Area in Piura

New Dry Forest Conservation Area in Piura

Some 200 hectares of dry forest on the north coast have been established as a private conservation area, owned by a peasant farming community in Piura. The Ministry of Environment granted the status this week to the community of Cesar Vallejo de Palo Blanco, located in the Chulucanas district, an […]