Socially Responsible Chocolate Truffles?

Originally published on On a mission to transform the globe “through ethical relationships with small-scale farmers, and an integral sustainability orientation at every point on the supply chain,” Alter Eco Foods has bitten off a big bite to chew on. But it sure looks delicious. Especially those chocolate truffles. Organic, fair trade truffles! In

US Global Climate Fund Move Will Eclipse Keystone XL Furor

(BREAKING–Reposted from our sister site, CleanTechnica) We’ve thought for a while that the US had more leadership to contribute to the world climate process, so today’s news (still on the gossip vine at present) that President Obama has a $3 billion pledge in his pocket for the Global Climate Fund is not a total surprise.

Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks

In Bonn, Germany, the last round of formal negotiations before December’s key climate convention in Lima, Peru, is under way. From October 20 to 25, national governments of the worldwide UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue working together at the Bonn UN Climate talks on a new draft climate agreement. The elements developed

Vertigo In The Andes

Don’t look up… er, don’t look down… er, butt first… er, just turn around and crawl down on all fours as fast as you can (vertigo from, no user credited).

Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest — By Solar Energy

Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has

New Lizard Species Do Not Look 'Evil'

Two new lizard species were discovered in the mountain rainforest habitat of northeastern Peru. Too bad a media outlet already said they look evil: ‘New lizard species look like evil dinosaur hybrids’. Why would a person judge another species and use the word evil, when it has never done anything to harm humans? The wood

Climate Change At Fault For Massive Andes Glacier Melting

New research into the continued decline of glaciers around the planet is not new, yet nevertheless these studies remain critically important to understanding our impact upon the environment and the sort of world we will be living in ten years from now. The most comprehensive review of Andean glacier observations to date was conducted by

Peru Bans GMO Food, Nationwide, For Ten Years

In another blow to multinational agribusiness companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru last week became the latest in a series of countries to ban GMO foods. Last week, a law took effect which bans the import, production, and use of  genetically modified foods anywhere in Peru for the next ten years. Peru isn’t

An Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique Could Help Save the Rain Forest

    [Updated post] A team of archeologists investigating a savanna region bordering the Amazon Rain Forest has found more conclusive evidence that a low-impact farming technique has been used for over 1500 years; the ‘alternative’ agricultural practice, used by some native populations including the Maya, is mostly abandoned today. But it just may be

Thousands Protesting Peru's Largest Mining Project Ever

  The News: In Peru, a “US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks.” The reason? As one protester puts it, “It’s about protecting our water supply, nothing more.” The $4.8-billion mine is expected to significantly harm drinking water in the area, as previous such mines have done. Over 1,500 marched

Existence of 'Uncontacted' Amazonian Tribe Confirmed {VIDEOS}

on June 22, the Brazilian Bureau of Indian Affairs announced confirmation of a group of uncontacted people living in the western part of the Amazon’s Javari Valley, which is near the border of Peru. The existence of the group of about 200 or so people were confirmed following an over-flight expedition of the region; a series of aerial photographs clearly show several rounded-top huts in small clearings dotting the forested land. Analysis of the photos also showed that the tribe is growing a variety of crops, including corn, bananas, and peanuts.

Jumping Cockroaches! 'Top Ten New Species' of 2010 Announced

A leech with over-sized teeth, a glow-in-the-dark mushroom, a bacterium that eats iron, a giant orb spider that spins super silk…”New” to us, for sure, but not new in Nature. Some on the list have been around for millions of years,no doubt. Some, like the jumping cockroach, may not so appealing to human ears.

Severe Tropical Droughts Expected as Temperatures Rise

A sediment core which has allowed researchers from the University of Pittsburgh create a 2,300-year climate record reveals that as temperatures rise, so the summer monsoons will become drier. The 6 foot-long sediment core was retrieved from Laguna Pumacocha in Peru, high up in the Andes Mountains, and contains the most detailed geochcmical record of

Global Warming Could Devastate the Andes and Peru

Glacier melt hasn’t caused a national crisis in Peru, yet. But high in the Andes, rising temperatures and changes in water supply have decimated crops, killed fish stocks and forced entire villages to question how they will survive for another generation. U.S. officials are watching closely because without quick intervention, they say, the South American

Global Weirding News of the Week

Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the global weirding portion. Climate: Student Reporters Take on Climate Change and Security Coincidences abound—just after posting an item

Indigenous Peruvians Win Appeal Against U.S. Oil Company Oxy

“Indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon won their appeal [this week] in the landmark human rights and environmental contamination lawsuit against U.S. oil giant Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the case should be heard in Los Angeles, Oxy’s hometown,” Amazon Watch and EarthRights International wrote earlier

Bolivia Faces Catastrophic Drought

New research into the history of the Andes in South America has led scientists to believe that a tipping point is close to being reached in the next 50 years which could see irreversible damage done to the seat of Bolivia’s government in La Paz. According to the research, if temperatures rise more than 1.5

Giant Penguin Unearthed in Peru [VIDEO]

We don’t write on odd animal stories a ton here on Planetsave, but from time to time I see some that are too cool to pass up, like zedonk births, “extinct” foxes being spotted in the wild, and yellow lobsters being found by fishermen. This one about the skeleton of a nearly 5-foot (1.5-meter) tall

Media Loses Credibility By Calling Uncontacted Tribe Story "A Hoax"

Earlier this week, several media outlets chose to dip their hands into the sensationalist journalism cookie jar a second time, and for all of the wrong reasons. About a month ago, an exciting story broke about how photographs of an uncontacted tribe living near the Brazil-Peru border had been taken for the first time. Now

The Upside to Natural Disasters

Before I write anything else, I want to unequivocally explain that I think natural disasters are terrible. They cause countless deaths and incredible human suffering. With that being understood, I often find myself believing that things happen in nature for a reason, and so I started to ponder what some of the good aspects to

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