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Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered, family says

When Cáceres won the 2015 Goldman Award for environmental activism, for leading the indigenous Lenca people in a struggle against a massive hydroelectric dam, the organization commended her for carrying on her campaign despite death threats.

Illegal logging threatens Costa Rica’s valuable species and vulnerable national parks

Since 2013, Costa Rica’s dry tropical forests have been under siege from loggers looking to cash in on skyrocketing demand for precious hardwoods, especially cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), also known as tropical rosewood. The illegal logging of cocobolo and other precious hardwoods threatens Costa Rica’s famous but understaffed national parks as loggers look to protected areas as the last untapped source of valuable lumber for export.

Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists say

A group of turtle egg poachers have taken up residence on Playa Tortuga near Ojochal on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast, biologists say.

Cocos Island park rangers rescue fishermen, request resources

A rescue at Cocos Island has drawn attention to the national park's vulnerability and the lack of resources for park rangers.

Indigenous activist who helped close polluting Guatemala palm oil factory shot dead

GUATEMALA CITY – An indigenous leader opposed to the production of palm oil was killed Friday outside a Guatemalan court that a day earlier ordered the closure of a factory against which he had led protests.

UN condemns pollution disaster in Guatemala’s La Pasión river

A major river in Guatemala’s northern region has been contaminated by pesticides used to produce African palm oil, affecting thousands of people.

Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island

Conservationists hope unmanned aerial vehicles can help fight illegal fishing in Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park. Similar drones have been used in South Africa to fight rhino poaching in national parks there.

Man throws religious icons into Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano

Most people visit Costa Rica's volcanoes to admire their beauty, but one man apparently had a different idea.

Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd says

A gang of more than 10 poachers carrying sticks, machetes and guns allegedly attacked the international volunteers on Pacuare beach, Sea Shepard Central America spokesman Jorge Serendero told The Tico Times on Friday.

Honduran indigenous leader wins prestigious environmental prize

The Agua Zarca dam, which Goldman prize winner Berta Cáceres has been fighting since 2013, would displace hundreds of indigenous Lenca people and affect other communities downstream.

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