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Colombiaâ's ecosystem is incredibly diverse, both in the types of regions it has within its borders, and in the species it houses. However, there are many threats to the Colombian ecosystem that include over-harvesting, land erosion, air and water pollution, illegal logging in rainforests, coral bleaching, and unsustainable tourism.1 The government has made efforts to conserve its ecosystem, but there are still issues in conservation, including the conservation of endangered species like the cauca guan, rare turtles, and alligators.2 Pollution has had a powerful influence on Colombiaâ's natural environment, including its freshwater sources.3 Also, air pollution caused by the dense population and hugely crowded city centers causes diseases of the lungs, including pneumonia.4 These diseases are especially prevalent among young children. Poverty and environmental ...See More degradation have become interconnected.5 Problems in the environment like water and air pollution cause serious problems for the poor, who are most vulnerable to natural dangers. In return, the poor become displaced and live in conditions which harm the environment.6 Because of this, Colombia must combat both poverty and environmental issues within its borders. Show Less

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1http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/colombia/environmental_problems_colombia/
2 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Colombia-ENVIRONMENT.html
3 http://sidaenvironmenthelpdesk.se/wordpress3/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Environmental-policy-brief-Colombia-2008.pdf
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Colombia News

Los Angeles Times 
Scuba divers on Monday continued searching for bodies in a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin where a tourist boat packed with more than 150 passengers capsized, leaving at least seven people dead and 13 missing. After suspending their ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force formally completed its disarmament process on Monday to end half a century of war against the state, the United Nations said. UN monitors "today have the entirety of the FARC's registered individual arms stored away ... See more..
Slate Magazine 
Many visitors flocking to the city in the wake of positive changes bring their preconceptions about the old Medellín with them. See more..
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Variety 
Colombia's fledgling Bogota indie film festival, IndieBo, has scored a coup with Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation in a pact that will have the festival screening a selection of 10 restored classics from the foundation's library starting this year ... See more..
CNN 
Three people were killed and 11 others injured on June 17 when an explosive device rocked a mall in the tourist district of Colombia's capital Bogota. Among those killed was a 23-year-old French national who was in the country to do social work at a ... See more..
Eyewitness News 
CNN | A tourist boat carrying 150 people capsized in Northwest Colombia. CNN's Rafael Poveda has more. Colombian boat sinks. Email; Print. Share. More in Multimedia. An image circulated on social media of the prison strippers at the Johannesburg ... See more..
News 12 Westchester 
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A multi-story tourist boat packed with about 150 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized on a reservoir near Medellin on Sunday, and police in Colombia said three people were dead and 30 missing. A major rescue effort ... See more..
MINING.com 
Canada's Zonte Metals (TSX-V: ZON) has officially sued the mining authority of Colombia's Department of Antioquia for allegedly not processing the junior explorer's application in accordance with the country's mining code. The move comes almost four ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Colombia's Marxist ELN fighters have released two Dutch journalists they had captured earlier this week, according to officials. The ombudsman office, which handles human rights-related issues, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the ELN, or the National ... See more..
News 12 Westchester 
GUATAPE, Colombia (AP) - Nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, officials said. A major rescue effort ... See more..
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Geography

Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Panama and Venezuela, and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama
Area

Total 1,138,910 sq km
Land 1,038,700 sq km
Water 100,210 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Isla de Malpelo, Roncador Cay, and Serrana Bank
Climate

tropical along coast and eastern plains; cooler in highlands
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

highlands subject to volcanic eruptions; occasional earthquakes; periodic droughts

volcanism: Galeras (elev. 4,276 m) is one of Colombia's most active volcanoes, having erupted in 2009 and 2010 causing major evacuations; it has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Nevado del Ruiz (elev. 5,321 m), 129 km (80 mi) west of Bogota, erupted in 1985 producing lahars that killed 23,000 people; the volcano last erupted in 1991; additionally, after 500 years of dormancy, Nevado del Huila reawakened in 2007 and has experienced frequent eruptions since then; other historically active volcanoes include Cumbal, Dona Juana, Nevado del Tolima, and Purace Galeras (elev. 4,276 m) is one of Colombia's most active volcanoes, having erupted in 2009 and 2010 causing major evacuations; it has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; Nevado del Ruiz (elev. 5,321 m), 129 km (80 mi) west of Bogota, erupted in 1985 producing lahars that killed 23,000 people; the volcano last erupted in 1991; additionally, after 500 years of dormancy, Nevado del Huila reawakened in 2007 and has experienced frequent eruptions since ...See More then; other historically active volcanoes include Cumbal, Dona Juana, Nevado del Tolima, and Purace Show Less
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil and water quality damage from overuse of pesticides; air pollution, especially in Bogota, from vehicle emissions

Demographics

Nationality
Colombian
Population
45,745,783 (July 2013 est.)
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Colombia's consistently sound economic policies and aggressive promotion of free trade agreements in recent years have bolstered its ability to face external shocks. Real GDP has grown more than 4% per year for the past three years, continuing almost a decade of strong economic performance. All three major ratings agencies have upgraded Colombia's government debt to investment grade. Nevertheless, Colombia depends heavily on oil exports, making it vulnerable to a drop in oil prices. Economic development is stymied by inadequate infrastructure, weakened further by recent flooding. Moreover, the unemployment rate of 10.3% in 2012 is still one of Latin America's ...See More highest. The SANTOS Administration's foreign policy has focused on bolstering Colombia's commercial ties and boosting investment at home. The US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was ratified by the US Congress in October 2011 and implemented in 2012. Colombia has signed or is negotiating FTAs with a number of other countries, including Canada, Chile, Mexico, Switzerland, the EU, Venezuela, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, China, Costa Rica, Panama, and Israel. Foreign direct investment - notably in the oil and gas sectors - reached a record $10 billion in 2008 but dropped to $7.2 billion in 2009, before beginning to recover in 2010, and reached a record high of nearly $16 billion in 2012. Colombia is the third largest Latin American exporter of oil to the United States, and the United States' largest source of imported coal. Inequality, underemployment, and narcotrafficking remain significant challenges, and Colombia's infrastructure requires major improvements to sustain economic expansion. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$511.1 billion (2012 est.); $491.5 billion (2011 est.); $460.8 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

20.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 20.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 19.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, cut flowers, bananas, rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, cocoa beans, oilseed, vegetables; shrimp; forest products
Industries

textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, chemicals, cement; gold, coal, emeralds