Category Archives: Environmental Challenges

Las abejas y los bomberos

Bomberos (firemen) in Panama, much like any other country have many duties.  They are called to transport a person from one of the outlying areas in the district to the local health centre, take a downed tree off the road and even … Continue reading

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Talk Thursday ~ Garbage

Libby McDonald is the Program Director of Global Sustainability Partnerships for MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab). Through independent studies and as research assistants, Libby’s students work on waste related projects in Nicaragua and Panama over spring break and during the … Continue reading

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Wind and Tide

The last few days the Pacific coasts of the Americas have experienced very high tides.  In Panama, the National System of Civil Defense (Sinaproc) issued a warning that tides could reach up to 5.5 meters during high tide.  The high tides … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Dengue This Thursday. Or…Not a Good Diet Plan

Those who’ve been reading from the early days of this blog faithfully (more or less) may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything at all for a few weeks.  Although I did drop off with the amount that I’ve written … Continue reading

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No Hay Luz

The electricity went out in the middle of the night.  The problem with lack of power throughout the town is that the power is cut to the pump where the town water comes from on the Arriba side.  When the … Continue reading

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It’s Wet Season…Yes There are Bugs and Stuff that Go With Them Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the wonderful bugs that are breaking out of their Dry Season homes to welcome a new day.  Mosquitoes and Chitras are the two bugs that bring with them some serious illnesses.  Not all of them will … Continue reading

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It’s Wet Season…Yes There are Bugs and Stuff that Go With Them ~ Part 1

Wet Season brings with it all sorts of beauty.   The feel of a cool breeze just before the rain begins, the clean smell after the rain has left and the sound of the twittering birds who are happy that the … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Grapefruit Seed Extract…Really?

Grapefruit Seed Extract is either a miracle homeopathic remedy that kills all things fungal or it’s a big farce marketing itself as a “natural” product when really the miracle cure is the benzalkonium chloride, parabens, and triclosan thrown into the product. This … Continue reading

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An Apology to My Bicycling Amigas

I have a 9” x 13” Wilton baking pan that rarely sees a day of idleness.  There is usually something baking in it or something delightful being consumed from it.  I’d like to blame all my friends that post delicious … Continue reading

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First Big Rain

We had some nice showers throughout the day yesterday.  Heavier than what we’ve had so far but just enough to get things going.  This morning we’re getting our first BIG storm.  It’s one of those that blows through the house … Continue reading

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