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Environmental organizations demand that the DNER Secretariat be occupied by someone committed to climate justice

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Nelson Gabriel Berríos

SAN JUAN, June 8 - Representatives of environmental organizations of the Climate Action Now Puerto Rico (ACAPR) initiative questioned Governor Pedro Pierluisi about the professional requirements and commitment to environmental rights that the person occupying the Department of Natural Resources secretary's post should have. They stated that the performance of recent secretaries has been terrible.

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UPR scientists study mummified fecal remains

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Bonny Ortiz Andrade

Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) studied mummified fecal remains (coprolites) of two extinct pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited the island and, when compared with samples from native communities that still exist and urban communities in other parts of the world, found that the diversity of microscopic fungi (mycobiome) in the intestines of the first settlers was lower than in the current ones.

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Puerto Rican Parrot Population Reaches Record Numbers in the Río Abajo State Forest

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

For the first time since 1992, when the Puerto Rican parakeet aviary was established in the Río Abajo State Forest in this municipality, more than 200 will fly freely in their habitat, after 60 chicks were born in the wild during this breeding season, which runs through June.

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The beekeeping industry on the island is not taking off

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Bárbara J. Figueroa Rosa

Although it has been scientifically recognized that the Puerto Rican bee is highly valued for its docility and resistance to diseases and pests that attack this species in other countries, Puerto Rico has not developed a beekeeping market that could not only contribute economically to the government, but also help in the pollination process in local and international agricultural sectors.

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Polytechnic students create novel twill-based filament for 3-D printers

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José Ayala Gordián

A group of chemical engineering students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico seeks to revolutionize the emerging field of 3D printing by developing a novel sargassum-based filament, which would not only allow the manufacture of all kinds of products for consumers, but would also give a use to the tons of this seaweed that congests the coasts of the island and that, in the future, could create a new economic sector and jobs.

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UPR Aguadilla wins $880,000 grant for STARp project

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The project focuses on undergraduate research, active learning strategies and citizen science projects. This is the first time that UPR-Aguadilla receives a grant from NSF, the most important and prestigious federal scientific agency in the United States.

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Culminates the first Cumbre Puerto Rico Conserva

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Para la Naturaleza presented the digital land conservation tool Mapa 33, as well as multiple scientific and community forums focused on the conservation of the natural systems of the archipelago of Puerto Rico.

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TODAY, PARA LA NATURALEZA PRESENTED MAPA 33, A DIGITAL TOOL THAT SEEKS TO INTEGRATE CITIZENS IN CONSERVATION PROCESSES

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Yazmín Sollá

San Juan, April 21, 2022- Puerto Rico is at a critical juncture in which the health and protection of ecosystems are under constant threat. Against this backdrop, the organization Para la Naturaleza today presented Mapa 33, a digital community tool for citizen participation, which aims to integrate citizens in the conservation processes of the natural areas of the archipelago of Puerto Rico by the year 2033. 
 

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UPR in Humacao to offer interactive workshop Futur@ Físic@ For the second consecutive year, this workshop will be held for high school students from all over the Island

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PRESS RELEASE 
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April 1, 2022 

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UPR in Humacao to offer Futur@ Físic@ interactive workshop 

For the second consecutive year this workshop will be held for high school students from all over the island 

high school students from all over the island 

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Federal Forest Service appoints Dr. Grizelle Gonzalez director of the International Tropical Forestry Institute

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Río Piedras, Puerto Rico (March 14, 2022) - The U.S. Forest Service announced the appointment of Puerto Rican scientist Grizelle González as director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF).

Dr. González will assume, as of today, the position held for 40 years by scientist emeritus Ariel E. Lugo, and before him, the pioneer of the study and conservation of forests in Puerto Rico, Frank H. Wadsworth. In this way, she becomes the first woman to direct the Institute. 

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