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Peru to begin cleaning up South America's largest lake
13 January 2017 - South America's largest lake is about to get a major clean up after years of uncontrolled pollution. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said the construction of 10 treatment plants on rivers emptying into Lake Titicaca will carry a price tag of $437 million. He made the announcement Friday during a visit to the high-altitude lake straddling the border with Bolivia. (more)

Education ministry recognizes 24 languages from Peru's Amazon
19 June 2016 - Peru's Education Ministry officially recognized the alphabets of some 24 indigenous languages, mainly from native groups from the country's Amazon rainforest, daily Peru.21 reported. The measure makes the use of the languages a requirement, when necessary, in all public institutions in Peru in dealings with the different language communities. (more)

Archaeological homecoming: Largest recovery of antiquities returns to Peru
13 June 2016 - More than four thousand archaeological and historical pieces were exhibited last week at the Ministry of Culture, to celebrate the success by the Ministry of Foreign Relations in recovering the artifacts from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Spain, and the United States. The recovery is the result of several years of work, based on agreements signed by Peru with different countries on the protection and return of historical artifacts. It was the largest collection of recovered pieces handed over at the same time to the Ministry of Culture. (more)

Peru, Bolivia sign $500 million deal to preserve Lake Titicaca
10 January 2016 - Bolivia and Peru will be working together through a 10-year plan with a joint investment of around $500 million to restore and preserve Lake Titicaca, South America's largest freshwater lake. The deal is the result of political negotiations that were held through June 2015 and was signed by each country's environment minister in Bolivia's capital city of La Paz late last week. The agreement is designed to improve biodiversity in the lake, with an emphasis on waste and environmental management through to 2025. Lake Titicaca is located at an altitude of 12,470 feet above sea level, making it the highest lake in the world. (more)

Google takes '360' view of Machu Picchu (AP video)
3 December 2015 - Google Maps is using its 'Street View' option to give computer users a unique '360' view of Machu Picchu. (more)

Plant lamps powered by soil nutrients bring electricity to remote areas of Peru
27 November 2015 - Luckily for the inhabitants of Nuevo Saposoa, a remote native community in Peru, they were chosen to be the recipients of experimental 'plant lamps' (Plantalámpara in Spanish). The lamps run for 2 hours a day and provide bright LED lighting with low power consumption, which in this case is sourced from nutrients in the plant and soil itself. (more)

Peru says to crack down on palm oil-related Amazon deforestation
27 September 2015 - Peru will confront the deforestation of its Amazon region by issuing a decree next month putting palm oil plantations under federal rather than local authority, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said on Sunday, 27 September. He expects the decree within two weeks. Forests worldwide play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; chopping them down worsens global warming. (more)

Peru: Pulgar-Vidal confirms strong stance against GMOs
14 January 2015 - After rising concerns to protect Peru from genetically modified organisms, the ministry confirms its stance. The Ministry of the Environment announced that it will continue to protect Peru's biodiversity and hold its strong stance on the moratorium on transgenic seeds. Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal affirmed that the prohibition initiated in November 2011 is still in place. 'The moratorium stands firm: it will remain in force. The Agriculture Ministry has also expressed its support to the moratorium and the law passed in November 2011,' Pulgar-Vidal stated. (more)

Peruvian inventor hopes to clean Lima's air with giant purifiers
28 November 2014 - In Peru's notoriously polluted capital, Lima, a local inventor is deploying giant air purifiers that double as billboards to suck up carbon dioxide and freshen the city's sometimes choking air. Jorge Gutierrez, a retired naval engineer, calls the 15-foot high (5 meters) box-like steel contraptions he helped design a 'super tree' and says each one can convert as much carbon dioxide into oxygen as 1,200 trees. The machines, which each cost $100,000 to build but just $6 a day to run, suck in the dirty air and trap contaminants in water. Residual solids are eventually packed into secure containers that can be deposited at a landfill. (more)

UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as 'stepping stone' for universal treaty
28 November 2014 - As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015. (more)


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Gabriela Canepa: 'Transcendental Meditation helped me be clear in my objectives'
27 April 2017 - Gabriela Canepa credits Transcendental Meditation (TM) with helping her to stay balanced despite her busy and stressful life. Writer Linda Egenes relates how Gabriela pursued a lifelong passion to help the poorest of women thrive - not only in her birth city of Lima, Peru, but in her adopted city of Boston, Mass. In Peru Gabriela was among the first in the 1970s to help the poorest women gain access to micro loans and manage their loans, assets, and businesses. In 1988 she was offered a fellowship to pursue a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She later implemented leadership training and other programmes for low-income Latina immigrant women in the area. 'These marginalized people were able to insert themselves into the socio-economic stream of the country, to gain access to money, to create jobs and provide better opportunities for their children,' Gabriela says. She adds, 'I feel as women we face more obstacles than men, yet we can get back our power and we can do it through TM. Meditation helped me to be clear in my objectives and gather the strength, the force I needed to move forward in whatever I wanted to do.' (more)

Expert researcher on meditation and the brain interviewed on popular Peruvian TV show
27 November 2012 - While visiting Peru to lead a course on consciousness and perfect health, Dr Alarik and Dr Cynthia Arenander were invited to a major television station in Lima to be interviewed by 'Dr TV', a practising surgeon who has his own health-based television programme. During the show, they explained the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, especially its effects on brain functioning. Dr Alarik Arenander, a neuroscientist and director of the Brain Research Institute in the USA, conducted a live EEG demonstration of brain wave coherence resulting from Transcendental Meditation practice. (more)

At a school in Peru, staff, students, teachers, parents learn Transcendental Meditation
19 June 2012 - A Transcendental Meditation teacher involved in a school project in Peru explained why it is beneficial for parents to learn the technique along with their children. He explained there are three parts of a school: the parents, teachers, and students. Even if you teach the students, teachers, and staff, it is not enough. You need to also teach the parents. This is because the children will be meditating at home on weekends and parents, seeing that, will want to know what their children are doing. Also, teaching the parents encourages the students to practise meditation regularly and enjoy the greatest benefits. (more)

Peru: Schools eager to implement Consciousness-Based Education
22 February 2011 - Schools in the coastal area of Peru have expressed great interest in Consciousness-Based Education programmes, following a widely-attended presentation in the capital city of Lima. (more)

New waves of inspiration from Peru
18 January 2011 - Hundreds of schoolteachers in Peru have learned about Consciousness-Based Education in recent months, and over 100 proposals have been received from schools wishing to implement the programme. This rising interest resulted from an article on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for education that was published in a top newspaper in Peru in January. (more)

Top newspaper in Peru recommends Transcendental Meditation for schools
18 January 2011 - The most prestigious and widely read newspaper in Peru recently featured a page-long article on the Transcendental Meditation Programme and its benefits for education. This article was then syndicated by several other Latin American newspapers and online news outlets. (more)

Peru: On the shores of Lake Titicaca, students unfold their potential and help their nation
21 October 2010 - Young students at schools high in the mountains of Peru are helping to create coherence and harmony in the collective consciousness of their nation and all of Latin America, through their daily group practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

Peru: 150,000 students to start Transcendental Meditation Programme
29 December 2009 - On 15 December, Dr Javier Ortiz, the National Leader of Peru for the Global Country of World Peace, announced that 150,000 students from schools throughout a region near the border with Bolivia will learn the Transcendental Meditation programme in 2010. (more)

Peru: Principal, school children enjoy Transcendental Meditation - 'A marvellous experience'
27 December 2009 - After hearing a presentation on the Transcendental Meditation Programme, a school principal in Peru immediately organized to introduce the technique to everyone in his school. He also learnt the technique, and commented recently that he feels more relaxed and less pressured, and that the children are doing very well in class and getting along better with their parents. (more)

Peru: Two schools to introduce full Consciousness-Based Education curriculum
23 December 2009 - For the last few years, a high priority of Transcendental Meditation Teachers in Peru has been to create a large, stable Invincibility group of Yogic Flyers in their country. They have been working together with Dr Javier Ortiz, National Director of Peru for the Global Country of World Peace, with special focus on the nation's schools. Two schools would now like to introduce the complete Consciousness-Based Education curriculum, as in a Maharishi School. (more)


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Wildfires tear across drought-stricken parts of Peru
24 November 2016 - Wildfires have torn through more than 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) of forest, protected areas, and farmland in drought-stricken parts of Peru as the Andean country suffers one of its driest periods in years, authorities said on Thursday, 24 November. Peru is experiencing one of its driest years in two decades, according to Peru's forest service Serfor. In September, wildfires along the Ene River in a southern Amazonian region destroyed some 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) of rainforest. 'One of the most worrisome signs of global climate change is an increase in the frequency of severe droughts in the Andean-Amazonian region,' they [biologists and environmentalists from around the world] said in an open letter delivered by the NGO Pronaturaleza. (more)

Oil spills stain Peruvian Amazon
4 March 2016 - The Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest, representing the local indigenous peoples, has organized protests and set up a picket outside the Lima headquarters of Petróleos del Perú, the state enterprise they say is responsible for leaks that released 3,000 barrels of oil (about 477,000 liters) in several rivers in the Peruvian Amazon. Representatives of indigenous communities attributed the two accidents that occurred on 25 January and 4 February to a lack of maintenance of the company's NorPeruano Pipeline. Scientific American consulted PETROPERÚ about it, but received no response. The crude, spilled in the Loreto Department in the northeastern part of the country, has contaminated at least 30 kilometers of the Chiriaco River and has spread into Marañon River, one of the main tributaries that feed the Amazon drainage area. The area has large blocks of intact tropical forest and is considered one of the most biodiverse throughout the region, but scientists agree that so far it is impossible to calculate the spill's real impact. 'The Peruvian Amazon is extremely complex and diverse, but it is a part of the world from which we do not know much about,' says Clinton Jenkins, conservation biologist at the Institute of Ecological Research, in São Paulo, Brazil. 'Knowing the biological impacts is difficult because we have very little information of what is there to begin with.' (more)

Peru says deforestation on the rise, up 80 per cent from 2001
2 December 2014 - Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 square miles) last year -- an 80 per cent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday. Forest is mainly being cleared for farming, said Gustavo Suarez de Freitas, an official in the environment ministry. Forest loss in Peru will likely continue to expand through 2017, according to preliminary data from the agriculture ministry. (more)

2 Peru governor candidates win despite drug probes
6 October 2014 - Two gubernatorial candidates under investigation in Peru for drug trafficking-related crimes have won election and two face runoffs after a nationwide vote for mayors, governors and municipal councils, according to unofficial results on Monday, 6 October. Hundreds of candidates suspected of ties to drug trafficking were on the ballot Sunday in what authorities called the Andean nation's most violent campaign since 2000. A 29 August judicial order launching an investigation of Gambini says he amassed a fortune and extensive land holdings with a small mayor's salary. Also victorious was Gilmer Horna, under investigation for possible money laundering. One of every three Peruvian voters lives in a region where candidates were investigation, on trial, or previously convicted of drug-related crimes. Peru's state attorney for drug enforcement, Sona Medina, said her office had identified 700 such candidates. (more)

Peru vote marred by violence, drugs
5 October 2014 - Voters across Peru are choosing mayors, governors, and municipal councils following the most violent campaign since 2000, with hundreds of candidates suspected of ties to drug trafficking. Two mayoral candidates have been slain in gangland-style killings, both in cocaine-trafficking corridors. Seven gubernatorial candidates running Sunday in five of Peru's 24 states are under investigation for drug-trafficking related crimes. (more)

Cocaine cash is polluting Peruvian politics
4 October 2014 - In his run for governor of a rough Peruvian jungle state, Manuel Gambini has repeatedly cited his plaudits from the United States government for promoting the cultivation of cocoa beans over coca leaves in this cocaine-producing hotspot. But the man the US Agency for International Development held up as recently as 2012 as a 'dynamic new partner' is now under investigation for money laundering, having amassed a curious-sized fortune despite a small mayoral salary. Since Gambini first entered office in 2007, an eight-page court order said, he apparently hid his wealth through his brother and several associates, transforming 'simple farmers into economic potentates' with multiple properties, late-model SUVs, and heavy trucks. One of every three Peruvian voters lives in a region with candidates under investigation, on trial, or previously convicted of drug-related crimes. Critics say Peru's lawmakers have intentionally made its political system fertile ground for dirty money through inaction or intentional legal loopholes. Gambini is among hundreds of candidates in the 5 October nationwide local and state elections suspected of being bankrolled by drug trafficking, a phenomena that threatens to hijack democracy in a country that became the world's top cocaine-producer two years ago. (more)

Peru: Assassinations in the Amazon
13 September 2014 - 'Martyrs', 'true guardians of the Amazon', 'defenders of the rainforest. . .' These are just some of the terms used to describe four Peruvian indigenous leaders who were assassinated earlier this month, but 'Dead Friends of the Earth', a term used by NGO Global Witness for people killed defending their land or the environment, might be another. The four men -- Edwin Chota Valera, Leoncio Quincima Melendez, Jorge Ríos Perez, and Francisco Pinedo, from the Asheninka people -- are widely believed to have been killed by loggers, although regional indigenous organisation Orau acknowledges 'narco-traffickers' may have been responsible. Led by Chota Valera, the Asheninkas had been fighting for years to gain legal recognition of their territory and had repeatedly denounced illegal logging and logging concessions on land claimed by their community, Alto Tamayo-Saweto. Several recent reports by European NGOs -- Global Witness, Friends of the Earth, Front Line Defenders -- have highlighted the rise in the number of people being killed for defending their land or the environment, or the risks associated with doing so. As of 31 December 2013 Global Witness placed Peru in fourth position globally, with almost 60 such killings since 2002, behind Brazil way out in first place, Honduras in second, and the Philippines in third. (more)

Illegal loggers suspected in death of Peruvian activist
10 September 2014 - Edwin Chota wanted to stop illegal loggers from operating on his community's land in the Peruvian Amazon, he advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups. His efforts gained international attention and also death threats. This week we learned he and three other community leaders were killed at the beginning of the month. The news of the murders was delayed because of the remote location where they occurred. People in the area say illegal loggers are suspected in the killings. His friend, David Salisbury, a professor of geography and the environment at the University of Richmond, discusses Chota's life and legacy. (more)

Oil works threaten health of people in Peruvian Amazon
13 June 2014 - The Peruvian Amazon includes some of the most isolated forested regions on the planet, and is home to several uncontacted tribes. It is also the site of widespread contamination from oil spills. Demonstrations and lawsuits by indigenous peoples in the last decade have exposed the failure of oil companies to clean up their Amazonian spills. But only a handful of studies have offered any data on contamination levels. The latest such study may well be the most comprehensive to date. In all, nine pollutants were measured, among them lead, cadmium, and chlorine. The results suggest that the levels of some of the pollutants exceed international standards. Local peoples have long claimed that the oil operations are poisoning them. The issue made international headlines just last month, when several hundred protestors from the Achuar community occupied Peru's largest oilfield. At the time, Carlos Sandi, president of the Federation of Native Communities in the Corrientes River, FECONACO, was quoted saying: 'Almost 80 per cent of our population are sick due to the presence of lead and cadmium in our food and water from the oil contamination.' (more)

Post-crackdown, Peru mining town limps
29 May 2014 - This nearly half-century-old Amazon boomtown has gone bust with the government's recent crackdown on illegal gold mining. The government official overseeing the crackdown has said authorities plan to provide work for miners rendered jobless, but Ortega says no assistance has arrived. According to official figures, wildcat miners have extracted 159 million metric tonnes of gold worth $7 billion over the past decade from the Madre de Dios region that includes Huepetuhe. The environmental cost has been high, with huge scars gouged out of the rainforest that are visible from outer space and tonnes of mercury, a toxin used to bind mined gold flecks, released into the environment and contaminating the food chain in a region of rich biodiversity where several indigenous tribes live in voluntary isolation. The government gave informal miners until 19 April to formalize any claims they might have, but the vast majority didn't have any. 'The government may be doing things right by ending illegal mining, but they should have thought of us, the lowliest workers,' a former miner said. (more)

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