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2010-02-22 05:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- SG Biofuels, a sustainable plant oil company specializing in the development of Jatropha as a low-cost, sustainable source of oil, today announced the launch of JMax 100, a proprietary cultivar of Jatropha optimized for growing conditions in Guatemala with yields 100 percent greater than existing varieties. JMax 100 is the first elite cultivar developed through the company's JMax Jatropha Optimization Platform. The platform provides growers and...

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2010-01-28 12:22:42

An 1,100 year old Mayan tomb, discovered by Mexican archaeologists during maintenance work last December, may shed light on what happened to the Mayan civilization, according to an Associated Press report. The tomb, which had ceramics from another culture inside of it, may help archaeologists determine who occupied the Mayan site of Tonina after the ancient civilization began fading. There is speculation of either internal warfare between Mayan cities or environmental degradation being the...

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2010-01-26 13:12:58

In Guatemala, archeologists have discovered a Mayan sculpture head that could prove that the little-known site in the Peten region may have once been a city, according to a recent Reuters report. The stucco sculpture, which stands 11.5 feet tall and is 10 feet wide, was buried close to the border with Belize for centuries at the Chilonche ruins. This discovery could mean that the site is much older than previously thought because Mayans constructed new buildings by using older ones as...

2010-01-20 06:45:00

SUSSEX, Wis., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the United Nations' 2nd World Water Development Report, more than a billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world's population, lack access to safe drinking water. As a result, the World Health Organization says, a child dies every 8 seconds from drinking unsafe water - or 5000 children every single day. Recently hard at work to combat such trends are two Milwaukee organizations - CannedWater4Kids and the University of...

2010-01-13 03:00:00

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- World Energy Research (WER) of New Zealand has secured a renowned German company to build hydroelectric turbines in Guatemala. By 2020 the world energy demand will have risen by 50%. Knowing that only 22% of the world's prospective hydropower is being utilized, WER unites with Wasserkraft Volk AG and Energia Total to catalyze and conserve this potential. Wasserkraft Volk AG (WKV) of Gutach, Germany has been commissioned to build three of 13...

2009-12-18 08:17:00

MIAMI, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foreign Ministry of Guatemala today launched a public outreach program to inform Guatemalan nationals in the United States of its free legal assistance program, "Global Justice" and an easy to access, speedy and groundbreaking internet system -- www.palmigua.com -- to reach Guatemalans in need of legal support in the United States. Global Justice was launched last year to assist Guatemalans on legal issues confronted daily in the United States -- who...

2009-11-19 16:26:00

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seeking to combat the food security crisis in Guatemala's Dry Corridor, which is located in the country's eastern region, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced plans to provide $15 million in emergency assistance Nov. 19. USAID's Guatemala Mission Director Wayne R. Nilsestuen and the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Stephen G. McFarland announced the U.S. government's intent while meeting with...

2009-11-19 13:36:00

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seeking to combat the food security crisis in Guatemala's Dry Corridor, which is located in the country's eastern region, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced plans to provide $15 million in emergency assistance Nov. 19. USAID's Guatemala Mission Director Wayne R. Nilsestuen and the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Stephen G. McFarland announced the U.S. government's intent while meeting with Guatemalan...

2009-11-12 23:01:00

CALGARY, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ - In the chaos of a 37-year civil war, traditional weaving for women of the Maya culture had become a lost art. A group of local women from Taltimiche, in Comitancillo, Guatemala, hoped to change this, and formed a co-op to teach each other the skill, supplementing their families' incomes through sales of the finished weavings. A Calgary based charity group, Dentistry for All (DFA) came across the beautiful crafts while working in Guatemala, and knew they could...

2009-11-03 02:00:00

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- World Energy Research (WER) has secured construction contracts and purchase power agreements for three new hydro electric projects in Guatemala. The contracts are the result of full-fledged support from the Guatemalan government. The impoverished nation has rich sources of renewable and non-renewable energy, yet only a small percentage of them have been accessed. WER continues research and development of Guatemala's largely untapped energy...


Latest Guatemala Reference Libraries

Pacaya
2014-04-09 10:53:58

Pacaya is an active complex volcano that is located in Guatemala and is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc. It reaches and elevation of 8,373 feet and is located on a volcanic caldera, along with Lago de Amatitlán, that has been the cause of at least nine large explosive eruptions in the past 300,000 years. Its edifice collapsed about 1,100 years ago, producing a landslide that traveled sixteen miles and left a crater where the current cone is still forming. The active magma chamber...

Grey-necked Wood Rail, Aramedes cajaneus
2013-04-21 09:30:30

The Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramedes cajaneus) is a species of bird belonging to the Rallidae family. It can be found in Belize, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Columbia, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Uruguay. Its natural habitats are tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical and subtropical mangrove swamps, tropical or subtropical swamps, and swamps. This...

Red-throated Caracara, Ibycter americanus
2012-04-02 16:55:31

The Red-throated Caracara, (Ibycter americanus), is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is the only member of its genus Ibycter. It is sometimes incorrectly placed in the Daptrius genus with the Black Caracara. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The habitats of this social bird are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests...

Highland Guan, Penelopina nigra
2012-03-22 21:37:56

The Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) is a species of bird in the Cracidae family. It is found in the highlands of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. Populations of this species have declined in recent times. It was originally listed as a species of Least Concern in 1994, but then up-listed to Near Threatened in 2000. After studies confirmed the Highland Quail was less common than previously...

Atitlán Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
2012-01-11 16:23:56

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as the Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, and Poc, is an extinct species of water bird. It was endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 5,600 feet above sea level. Before the bird became extinct, it was extensively studied by American ecologist Anne LaBastille for 25 years. Due to this, its decline is comprehensively known. The Atitlan Grebe reached a length of about 18 to 19.6 inches. Its appearance was similar to the...

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