Archive for August, 2008

Peru’s ombudswomen assails government for Lima’s abysmal air pollution

Peru’s ombudswoman has warned the government that its policies for reducing urban air pollution failing to curb air contamination levels in the capital, Lima, that are up to nine times higher than standards set by the World Health Organization, or WHO. “Air pollution kills and makes people sick in a […]

by · August 21, 2008 · 0 comments · Energy, Environment, Lima, Politics

Peru volley ball coach under investigation for possible human trafficking

The former head coach of Peru’s national women’s volleyball team and his wife are under investigation for allegedly smuggling four minors into the United States by posing as their parents with fake passports and falsified birth certificates to obtain visas. “The four minors left the country in an irregular manner,” […]

Ollanta Humala acknowledges hand in indigenous protests in Peru’s Amazon

Ollanta Humala, the leader of Peru’s left-leaning nationalist opposition party, has admitted having a hand in the more than week-long strike and occupation of Amazonian natural gas facilities to protest government decrees that indigenous rights groups say are promoting unrestricted oil exploration while stripping their full rights to control communal […]

by · August 19, 2008 · 0 comments · Andean Region, Lima, Politics

La Oroya: sulfur contents in air exceed historical levels around Doe Run smelter

The health and environmental crisis in La Oroya, a central highland mining town dubbed “Slow Chernobyl” for the appalling environmental impact of contamination generated by a U.S.-run smelter, reached a new stage last week when record-breaking levels of sulfur dioxide were detected, daily El Comercio reported Tuesday. In La Oroya, […]

by · August 19, 2008 · 0 comments · Environment, Feature, Mining