Scientists: Nicaragua Canal could trigger eco-catastrophe

The Nicaragua Canal represents a potential environmental disaster, warn three international environmental scientists in renowned journal Science. The billion dollar project was officially launched in December.

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The billion dollar project to build a Nicaragua Canal linking the Pacific and the Atlantic could represent an environmental disaster waiting to happen, according to warnings from three international environmental scientists published in the highly esteemed journal Science.

In an editorial in the journal, the vice president of Nicaragua's Academy of Sciences, Jarge Huete-Perez, professor of biology at Konstanz University in Germany, Axel Meyer, and the chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Pedro Alvarez call for a rethinking of the canal and increasing the involvement of researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders in the process. One reason for this warning is that the environmental studies concerning the project will not be completed until April, while the project was officially launched in December last year.

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