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Chiloé island is home to some 200 potato varieties.
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By Daniela Estrada

Keep Chiloé Free of Transgenics, Say Activists
The Chilean island is a birthplace of the potato, and ecologists say there are about 200 varieties that must be protected from genetic contamination from transgenic varieties of the tuber.

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Dams have been unpopular in the Amazon since the 1980s.
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By Mario Osava

Bolivia's Challenge Blocks Dams in the Amazon
Environmentalists in La Paz warn that one of the hydroelectric dams that Brazil is planning to build on the Madeira River could flood Bolivian territory. They are calling for a binational agreement.



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By Julio Godoy

Pacific Island Gives Clues to Tropical Biodiversity
Around 100 new species have been classified in just a month on the island of Espiritu Santo island in the South Pacific, which faces biodiversity devastation as a result of global climate change.



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Growing "clean" tomatoes in Brazil... Opposition to road through Chile's Pumalín Park... Venezuela maintains stance against DDT... Uruguay gives boost to biotech... Fewer hurricanes predicted for the Caribbean, but still at risk...
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