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GPS And GoPro Cameras Strapped To Vultures Help Clear Trash In Lima

Birds flying a truck dumping waste in Tingo Maria, Peru
Birds flying a truck dumping waste in Tingo Maria, Peru
Zorayda Portilo

LIMA — The Peruvian capital has no shortage of vultures flying overhead. For the past year they have also been enlisted to help find, and perhaps eventually clear, some of Lima's worst illegal trash heaps.

How is it done? The city and scientists have been using 10 vultures strapped with GPS and GoPro cameras to help follow their travels in the pursuit of every sort of leftovers.

The sprawling capital produces 45% of all the country's trash, recycling just 4% of it, and authorities are concerned by the impact on health. The technology sends information to authorities every half hour, say scientists involved with the project.

The devices recharge using the sun and the data can be viewed on several websites including Google Earth, says Letty Salinas, head of ornithology at the natural history museum of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She has said the project will also show how buzzards interact with organic remains and how they might contribute to its control.

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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

Manuel Cortina/ZUMA
Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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