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  1. Moderator comment: This topic is not directly and specifically related to life in Chiriqui or Panama -- in one way, but then in another way it is related. Panama is becoming more aware of the environmental damage being done by the use of plastics and improper waste management, and is beginning to address recyclables (as posted here on CL in other topics). This topic is being allowed to remain because we are part of the problem and part of the solution. 300 BILLION pieces of plastic are found floating in the once pristine Arctic Ocean Report finds that hundreds of tonnes of plastic are cluttering the Arctic Ocean The waste is dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States It is then swept north by ocean currents to a 'polar graveyard' The waste releases toxins into the ocean and is swallowed by wildlife The link includes pictures and video. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4426104/Arctic-seas-called-dead-end-plastic-floating-U-S-Europe.html Sadly, the recycling center in Volcan is no longer accepting plastic of any kind.
  2. Enjoy the beach vibe in early September as right now we have accommodations for your family and friends. We are so grateful that every day in July and August was filled with our Boquete friends and neighbors. Come back! The Las Lajas Retreat is a modern 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a private, sparkling pool located within a 5 minute walk of Playa Las Lajas. The entire house has been recently renovated. Each bedroom has handcrafted wood closets, soft linens and air conditioners. The bathrooms both have floor to ceiling tile, hot water showers and plenty of plush towels. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the items you will find in your own kitchen. The comfortable living area has a TV and a DVD player with a DVD library for late night distraction. Outside there is a shower for beach sand, a dining table for 6, BBQ grill, 3 colorful hammocks and lounge chairs. There are portable chairs and a beach umbrella for your trips to the ocean. $100 per day, up to 4 people $125 for 5 to 6 people 2 day minimum, cleaning fee $20 Reservations secured by bank deposit or paid in person in cash. Reservation confirmation, directions, lock box number and inventory upon receipt of payment. laslajasbeachretreat@gmail.com
  3. Garbage Dumping into the Ocean seen as a Problem An estimated 30 percent of the garbage that is produces daily in Panama City, some 700 tons, is dumped in the ocean, according to the United Nations Program for the Environment (UNEP) and the Ministry of the Environment. The majority of this waste is plastic, an element that takes 400 years to decompose. Experts in marine biology and oceanography argue that this waste poses a threat to fish and crustaceans. Faced with this situation, the Authority of Water Resources has created a marine research center to study the effects of plastic and other substances, such as pesticides, on marine species. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Environment is working on legislation to confront the problem of garbage being dumped in the sea. According to UNEP data, each year about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the sea. This poses a risk to humans because the contaminants can end up in fish eaten by people. A recent study of shorebirds found that 90 percent of those found dead had plastic in their stomachs. A similar study of sea turtles found the same result. "The problem of plastic is very serious, as when it degrades it begins producing biphenyl, a chemical," explained scientist Edison Barbieri. He said this poses a danger to humans. "We are part of the ecosystem, and if it is not directly affecting us, it certainly is indirectly," said the oceanographer. He said that increasing recycling would be the quickest way to address the problem. http://www.prensa.com/in_english/Plastico-mar-mesa_21_4542505705.html
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