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Venezuela's Maduro Calls For A “Powerful and Unified Environmental Movement”; Slams Opposition for “Eco-cide”

Maduro has called for more Venezuelans to participate in environmental initiatives. (Prensa Ambiente)

The Venezuelan government has accused opposition protesters of destroying thousands of trees, and pledged to increase funding for conservation groups and other environmental initiatives.

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Venezuelan University Developing Experimental Bamboo for Green Homes

Venezuelan grown bamboo is being experimented on to improve its strength and durability at the USB (Prensa Fonacit)

Venezuelan researchers are studying ways to use bamboo to provide cheap, environmentally friendly housing.

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Venezuela’s Catatumbo Lightning Enters Guinness Book of World Records

The Catatumbo lightening (Prensa Mintur)

Venezuela’s Catatumbo lightening phenomenon yesterday entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of average lightning bolts per square kilometre per year, at 250.

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Venezuela and Brazil Agree to Collaborate in Preserving Mount Roraima

Roraima (archive)

Over the weekend Brazilian and Venezuelan authorities met in Canaima National Park and agreed to collaborate in tourism and the preservation of the area.

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Venezuela and the Battle against Transgenic Seeds

Photo Source: Office of Medical and Scientific Justice

Over the past two months, efforts to introduce a bill in the Venezuelan National Assembly that could have paved the way for the entrance of transgenic seeds into the country met stiff opposition from the agroecology and ecosocialist movements, stopping Monsanto and other GM firms from getting a foothold in the country.

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As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action

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Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviews Claudia Salerno, the lead climate negotiator for Venezuela at this week's climate talks in Warsaw, Poland.

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Venezuela Receives 320 Technicians from the FAO; Maduro Sets Sights on 80,000 Urban Agriculture Projects

Urban agriculture in Merida (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

 Three hundred and twenty Venezuelan technicians trained with support from the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organisation are being put to work to improve domestic agricultural productivity, President Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday.

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CITGO-Venezuela to Donate 600,000 Energy Saving Bulbs to Low-Income U.S. Families

The CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP) will provide 625,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to famil

The CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP) will provide 625,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to families in 21 US cities this year.

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Why doesn’t Venezuela Ban Bullfighting?

Bullfighting this year in Merida (ABC)

Throughout history bullfighting has been an occasion where the most powerful come together. While Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution tries to create a new identity that is independent of Spanish imperialism, and based on socialist humanitarian ideals, bullfighting strangely continues to be a huge money making industry, attracting governmental opportunists and opposition alike. 

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Venezuelan Government Moves Forward with Seeds Law, Movements Demand Anti-GMO Measures

A banner at last week's Caracas anti-Monsanto protest (Aporrea tvi)

The Venezuelan government will continue its efforts to increase national food production and combat the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) through a new Law on Seeds, president of the Agri-Food Development Subcommittee for the National Assembly Alfredo Ureña announced on Friday. 

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