In the Bajo Lempa region of western El Salvador, locals says that rising sea levels have buried approximately 1,000 feet of mangroves since 2005. Today, there only remains 1,500 feet between the village of La Tirana and the Pacific. According to El Salvador's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), rising sea levels will inundate 1etween 10 per cent and 28 per cent of the country's coastal territories in the next century. For this reason, environmental considerations should be front and center as El Salvador and the United States negotiate a second Millenium Compact that centers on maritime and coastal development.
In Guatemala, the government's response to the eruption of the Volcano of Fire has come under scrutiny.
One of Guatemala's active volcanoes, Volcan de Fuego, has erupted with lava and ash being seen on Sept. 13, prompting an evacuation alert to more than 33,000 people. However, the evacuation of nearly two-thirds of those people was not possible due to the lack of a robust emergency response system in the affected areas.
Critics have said that the agency in charge of the emergency procedures, the National Coordination for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED), does not do enough to ensure that the thousands of people who live in isolated areas around the hills of the volcano, know what to do in an emergency.Several other climate related stories have hit the neswire in recent weeks as well.