A new kind of toilet may be the salvation of Lake Titicaca. It's sanitary and it may even produce compost suitable for growing food.
With urban populations increasing, Lake Titicaca is being polluted with waste from booming cities in Peru and Bolivia.
South America's most famous lake is being polluted by increasing levels of waste from fast-growing cities, according to locals, environmentalists and politicians.
Marcelino Coila Choque, a local fisherman, is concerned that over-fishing and water contamination will threaten the future of Lake Titicaca's resources.
El Alto is one of the fastest-growing cities in South America, but its infrastructure is lagging. The city’s wastewater is piped directly into rivers that connect to Lake Titicaca.
Delegates to the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia in April 2010 to discuss the need for a International Climate Justice Tribunal to prosecute crimes committed against the Earth.
A hydroelectric power plant changed life for the small town of Agua Blanca. But the shrinking of the glaciers in Bolivia is threatening the greatest source of power for most of the country, and the only one for Agua Blanca.
For anybody who needed convincing, the Deepwater Horizon accident has proven that tapping the Earth for oil can be hazardous for workers and the environment.
The land occupied by the country of Bolivia has been inhabited continuously for more than 2,000 years. Perhaps due to the long perspective of time such ancient roots engender, Bolivians often view times marked on calendars or in the programs of meetings as advisory not mandatory. Yesterday, in Tiquipaya, a small town on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, a small crowd waited to gawk at Bolivian president Evo Morales. They chatted amiably as ten o'clock went by and the president had not appeared.
Capitalism. This was the most widely used word at the conference. Then came the phrase climate change, of course; the environment, and mother earth—or Pachamama, as it's known throughout the Andes.
It's 3:00 p.m. on a Tuesday, the first day of the climate change conference in Bolivia, and for the last hour the participants in a panel discussion have been arguing about the definition of a forest.
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, has called for a worldwide meeting of indigenous people about global warming. Morales is an outspoken advocate for indigenous rights and a critic of the results of last December's Copenhagen Climate Conference.