05 Mar '12, 7am

Nicaragua Forms Battalion of Eco-Soldiers to Battle Climate Change

Nicaragua Forms Battalion of Eco-Soldiers to Battle Climate Change

While much of the developed world continues to debate the most effective ways of tackling global carbon emissions in closed-door summits and international forums, some countries hardest hit from changing climate patterns are beginning to take a more direct approach. In light of what it considers a national security risk posed by climate change, the government of Nicaragua has formed the Ecological Battalion, a first-of-its-kind team of soldiers dedicated to combating against environmental threats. Over the last three decades, forest cover in the once-lush Central American nation has fallen by nearly 25 percent, mostly due to illegal lumber operations which had stripped the regions nature reserves of trees virtually without resistance. But now, thanks to the newly designated eco-battalion made up of 580 soldiers, the forests' most pressing threats may find their days are nu...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/nicaragua-...

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