* Peru: A study released this week concluded that the soaring price of gold has led to an increase of deforestation in the Peruvian rainforest region of Madre de Dios.
* Guatemala: Officials warned that the country is facing a nationwide “nutritional risk alert” since tens of thousands of impoverished Guatemalans suffer from malnutrition.
* Haiti: Now it’s official - Michel Martelly was officially declared as Haiti’s president-elect.
* Ecuador: A court threw out a lawsuit by a “prominent” law firm alleging that Chevron engaged in a “smear campaign” related to a multibillion dollar environmental damages lawsuit in Ecuador.
Image – Reuters via IOL.co.za (“View of an illegal gold mining camp, near the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado.”)
Online Sources- Monsters and Critics, Reuters, LAHT, MSNBC