Not Easy Being Green

Jaguars Deaths Increasing in Panama

Twenty-six jaguars have died so far this year in Panama according to Ricardo Moreno, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and Director of the Panama Yaguará Foundation. The biologist presented his findings at the recent Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation in Belize, adding that 23 jaguars were killed last year…

Police Rescue 600 Pound Turtle

The National Police rescued a 600 pound leatherback turtle from fishing nets in the Guázaro river in the province of Veraguas. The rescue was captured on video and posted on the National Police Facebook page. Leatherback turtles can grow to 6 feet and weigh over a thousand pounds (500 kilos), making it one of the largest living reptiles in the world. The…

50 Dolphins Found on Tonosi Beach

Fifty dolphins appeared on Tonosi’s Ostional beach in the province of Los Santos this week. Area residents and environmental officials helped the mostly bottlenose mammals back into the Pacific Ocean, but as many as 10 of the dolphins died. Both the cause of death and how the animals came to the beach are still unknowns. The MiAmbiente organization…

Lights Out for Earth Hour

Millions of people in 178 countries and territories around the world celebrate Earth Hour today, Saturday, by turning off the lights for an hour. According to the Earth Hour website, an initiative from the World Wildlife Fund, lights should be turned off starting at 8:30 p.m. local time world wide to take a stand against climate…

Ultraviolet Warning in Effect

Panama weather experts have issued a warning against high levels of ultraviolet radiation this week. The highest levels are expected in Chiriqui, Veraguas, Herrera, Los Santos and coastal areas, while high levels are also projected for Cocle, Panama West, Bocas del Toro, Colon, Panama Metro and the Gulf of Panama. The warning is in effect February…