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Paris Primer: Here’s whats on the agenda for the climate talks

The two-week summit will host 40,000 delegates and organizers from 130 nongovernmental organizations. Unlike previous U.N. climate meetings, world leaders will arrive first, setting the parameters for the negotiators in crafting a new accord.

UN: 80 billion dollars of agriculture lost from natural disasters

Natural disasters that struck developing countries over the past decade have caused at least 80 billion dollars’ worth of damage to agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday.

Guatemala’s vanishing harvests

Guatemala’s vanishing harvests

iplomats from nearly 200 nations will gather in Paris next week to discuss climate change and hammer out a global plan for curbing emissions. But halfway around the world, Banegas and millions of Guatemalan families are experiencing firsthand the threats of a warming planet. Guatemala is among the world’s 10 most vulnerable nations when it comes to climate change, owing to its unique geography and extreme social inequality, according to the Climate Risk Index. Sandwiched between two oceans and straddling three tectonic plates, the country faces threats from hurricanes, torrential floods, enduring droughts, brutal cold snaps and earthquakes.

China’s heft brews discomfort in Latin America

Over the past decade, China has pumped billions of dollars into countries across Latin America, diversifying its own investment portfolio while dipping into the region’s pool of raw materials like oil, iron ore and soybeans.

El Niño poses hunger threat to millions in Central America as food stocks run dry: UN

Some 2.3 million people across Central America face severe hunger due to drought compounded by a particularly punishing El Nino weather phenomenon if they do not get help, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.

Fuel truck en route to Puerto Jimenez overturns, spills 4,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel

Cleanup work continued Friday morning after a truck delivering thousands of gallons of fuel overturned on the only road connecting Puerto Jimenez to the Osa Peninsula Wednesday evening, closing the passage for 17 hours and spilling 4,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel into the environment.

Guanacaste residents awoke to a 5.2 temblor Wednesday morning

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake marked the start of the day for many Guanacaste residents Wednesday morning.

WMO: Greenhouse gases in atmosphere at record highs

The World Meteorological Organization warns of a relentless rise in the greenhouse gases fueling climate change. WMO reports greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere last year hit a new high and 2015 looks as though it will be another record-breaking year for gases that cause global warming.

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