Archive for September, 2008

Oil spill contaminates river in Peruvian Amazon

More than 3,000 gallons of oil and gasoline spilled into the Itaya River in Peru’s northernmost Amazonian region of Loreto, contaminating the water supply of hundreds of people. Mystery still surrounds the exact cause of the accident that led to the spill after a floating filling station tipped over Sunday afternoon, […]

by · September 24, 2008 · 0 comments · Accidents, Environment

Firefighters extinguish blaze near Peru’s sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

A wildfire that destroyed 700 hectares of underbrush in a protected area surrounding Machu Picchu — Peru’s sacred Inca citadel and top tourist attraction — was brought under control Wednesday by more than 700 firefighters. “The fire has not affected nor compromised any of the archaeological monuments and the flow […]

by · September 24, 2008 · 0 comments · Environment, Feature, Natural Disasters

Peruvian fish swimming in a trash vortex? Eating healthy and plastic-free becomes a challenge for Lima residents

Residents of Peru’s capital, Lima, are increasingly at risk of eating fish that have ingested plastic filaments or particles floating in the Andean nation’s coastal waters, said the Environment Ministry’s Vice-Minister of Strategic Development and Natural Resources Vanesa Vareau. “We are speaking of fish that we eat, of birds that […]

by · September 22, 2008 · 0 comments · Environment, Flora & Fauna

Clean-up efforts on world’s highest lake hindered by informal mining and contaminated water from mine residue deposits

Tailings from more than 30,000 small-scale miners are causing widespread environmental damage in Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, said the Executive President of the Binational Autonomous Authority of the Titicaca Lake, Julián Barra Catacora. Preserving Lake Titicaca is […]