Lizard diet ridiculed but Central America's poorest country is facing hunger because of poor harvests and rising food prices
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A boy holds up an iguana for sale on the highway in the north of Managua. Nicaraguans are being encouraged to eat the reptiles as a nutritious alternative to more conventional meat.
Nicaraguans struggling to afford meat as the country suffers its worst drought in 32 years should consider raising and eating iguanas
, a government expert has suggested.
The advice comes amid warnings that Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
could require levels of humanitarian aid not seen since the aftermath of hurricane Mitch
16 years ago, as poor harvests and rapid increases in the prices of staple items threaten a food crisis.
"Breeding iguanas brings two benefits," said Guillermo Membreño, a land management expert. "Not only does it supply dietary protein, it also offers a commercial use for the animals." Iguanas, he added, contained 24% protein compared with 18% in chicken.
Although Nicaragua's environmental laws forbid the hunting of iguanas between 1 January and 30 April each year, the lizards can be kept for food and even exported under certain circumstances.
"Farming iguanas - and not hunting them in forests - is a good way to deal with the food shortages caused by the prolonged drought," Membreño told the government-run online newspaper La Voz del Sandinismo
. "Even if you've only got 10 iguanas, you've got something that offers food - and cash if you sell the iguanas for their meat, their skins or as pets." He also suggested people grow moringa trees, which require little water and the leaves of which can be used as a highly nutritious animal feed.
Comment: FEWS NET is a door-opener for USAID, which is a front for the CIA.
As for the delicacy of iguana...we all may have to consider alternate food supplies for nutritional value, given the drought in C.A. is not unique. Other areas of the world are experiencing the same or other conditions in escalating intensity. Food shortages and skyrocketing prices are on the near horizon in global proportions. Think and plan ahead...
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:39 CDT
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor.
Extreme and persistent drought conditions affect most of Central America.
An unusually hot season and extended dry spells have brought drought to areas in eastern and western Guatemala and El Salvador, southern Honduras and northern and central Nicaragua, destroying swathes of bean and maize crops, the region's staple foods, and putting pressure on subsistence farmers and food prices.
"Extremely poor households across large areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador will experience a rapid deterioration in their food security in early 2015.
"Atypically high levels of humanitarian assistance, possibly the highest since Hurricane Mitch in 1998, will likely be required in order to avoid a food crisis," said a recent report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), run by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Comment: The problem with FEWS NET working in conjunction with and funded by USAID smacks of it being an information source and subsidiary front for the CIA. How better to gain the confidence of starving people and troubled farmers/ranchers than to send tentacles into their communities through humanitarian aid organizations and research groups engaging local talent and resources for strategic fixes.
USAID (CIA) has had known undercover activities directly, through NGOs, contracted companies or various agencies in: Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iran, Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Palestine, Philippines, Laos, South Vietnam, Thailand, Palau, Malaysia, Uruguay, Albania, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania, Java, Sumatra, Honduras, Nepal, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Caucasus, Eritrea, Tanzania, Zaire, South Africa...to name a few.
USAID (CIA) under-cover activities include: fomenting rebellions, NSA info gathering, political coups, installing dictatorships, reengineering economies, cronyism, destabilizing banking systems, undermining governments and elected politicians, spying, bribery, training special forces in torture tactics, weapons purchase and distribution, election interference, absconding and re-appropriating funds, funding or training guerrilla armies and movements, propaganda broadcasts, destabilizing regimes, distributing narcotics as rewards, links to terrorist organizations, assisting border wars, "accidental" assassinations, funding figureheads, breaking U.S. laws, money funneling to contras, co-opting national movements, exploitation of local resources, instability assessments, fraud and smuggling.
What are the chances FEWS NET is what it says it is?
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:11 CDT
Pittsburgh is dealing with one of the coldest summers in history, and it's having an effect on the trees.
Friday morning temperatures fell into the 40s
in Western Pennsylvania.
Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August.
"This is extraordinary for August, and certainly is a reflection of the prevalence of cool weather
," KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman said.
Nigerians move along a flooded road in Okpe, Nigeria. Heavy rains for weeks flooded most of the oil rich Niger delta region.
Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.
The landlocked West African country has been hit by an alternating series of droughts and floods in recent years, causing hunger.
Saadatou Malam Barmou, the prime minister's humanitarian adviser, said Friday that hundreds of fields have been swamped.
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This photo provided by the Bellevue, Wash., Police Department on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014,, shows cars submerged under flood waters along Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue, Wash.
Overnight rainstorms on Wednesday shattered a 32-year-old Seattle record and aided in suppressing multiple wildfires throughout the Northwest, officials said.
According to the National Weather Service, 1.31 inches of rain fell at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in a 24-hour period
that ended Wednesday morning. By 6 a.m. Wednesday, 0.85 of an inch of rain had fallen since midnight, shattering the date's record of 0.33 of an inch set in 1982.
The monthly average rainfall for all of August is under an inch
"This is fairly uncommon for summer months," said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Seattle City Light reported it had about 4,300 customers without power early Wednesday in the White Center area. The power was restored later Wednesday morning.
Lightning killed a farmer in Meherpur, three people in Brahmanbaria, two in Bogra and one in Moulvibazar districts yesterday and the day before.
A farmer was killed and three others were injured in separate incidents of lighting at different villages in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district yesterday.
The deceased is Shamsuzzaman Bhadu, 45, of Kunjanagar village, reports our Kushtia correspondent.
Sources said lightning struck Bhadu while he was working at his cropland around 11:00am yesterday, leaving him dead on the spot.
Meanwhile, in another incident, a woman and two minor girls were injured at Chandpur village when thunderbolt struck them at their house yard.
At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds of others gone missing in Nepal as heavy downpour continued for over three days across the country, triggering landslides and flood in rivers.
At least 11 people have died in Surkhet district, nine in Gorkha, Chitwan, Rukum districts, eight in Lalitpur, Udayapur, Dang and Manang districts, and six in Nawalparasi, Khotang, Sindhuli, Dhanusha, Makawnapur, Dhanusha districts, according to various media reports here.
Thousands of people have been displaced and huge chunks of arable land across the country covered by flood and debris. Hilly areas have witnessed landslips while plains are inundated.
Life in the plains has gone out of gear. Many people have started fleeing to safer places and sought immediate government help.
© Eric Lobbecke
What if David Archibald's book The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short
turns out to be right? What if the past 50 years of peace, cheap energy, abundant food, global economic growth and population explosion have been due to a temporary climate phenomenon?
What if the warmth the world has enjoyed for the past 50 years is the result of solar activity, not man-made CO2?
In a letter to the editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, IG Usoskin et al produced the "first fully adjustment-free physical reconstruction of solar activity". They found that during the past 3000 years the modern grand maxima, which occurred between 1959 and 2009, was a rare event both in magnitude and duration. This research adds to growing evidence that climate change is determined by the sun, not humans.
Yet during the past 20 years the US alone has poured about $US80 billion into climate change research on the presumption that humans are the primary cause. The effect has been to largely preordain scientific conclusions. It set in train a virtuous cycle where the more scientists pointed to human causes, the more governments funded their research.
Experts say that Peru's Sabancaya has entered into a new eruptive stage
According to Peru21, the explosion took place at around 4:30 on Saturday morning. The phenomenon went on for just under a minute. According to the Arequipa Volcanological Observatory (part of the Peruvian Geophysical Institute), the explosion generated 9,083 megajoules.
The explosion resulted in the emission of ash and gases, which rose into a column three kilometers in height. Peru21 reports that the smoke-like substance seen rising from the volcano is mostly steam, but some blue gases likely composed of sulfur dioxide have also been spotted coming out of Sabancaya.
Peru21 writes that geological authorities believe that the explosion may have been connected to the recent increased seismic activity in the region.
Authorities are warning citizens to take precautions in case another explosion occurs soon. Peru21 reports that geological and civil defense groups will meet soon in order to determine the risk to local populations.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:40 CDT
A ferry en route to Boston from Provincetown was disabled after being hit by a large wave Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.
Just before 4 p.m., a ferry was midway through its fourth trip of the day, to and from Provincetown and Boston, when the vessel was hit by a large set of waves that broke two of the seven windows in the pilot house, Bay State Cruise Company officials said in a statement.
The two windows that broke were in the center of the pilot house, which is where the captain navigates from.
Officials said windws in the passengers cabin, which is under the pilot house, were not broken and it appeared as though the waves were at an angle and height that they only struck at the pilot house level, which is about 20 feet above the water.