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El Salvador faces many environmental problems due to limited environmental regulations and lack of education pertaining to environmental awareness.1 In light of widespread poverty and civil strife, the government has prioritized economic growth and political stability in recent years.2 Closely linked with the problem of water is the problem of deforestation. Forest cover has largely been destroyed and has made land and water sources more vulnerable to desertification.3 Another legitimate environmental concern is El Salvadorâ's vulnerability to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods.4 Additionally, the countryâ's natural water supplies are frequently corrupted by pollutants from factories and inadequate waste disposal.5

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1 http://www.progressio.org.uk/blog/empowered-blog/el-salvador-problem-water
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3 https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/6019
4 http://www.share-elsalvador.org/get-involved/learn-more/current-issues/climate-change
5http://www.progressio.org.uk/blog/empowered-blog/el-salvador-problem-water
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El Salvador News

Loop Barbados 
National police Commissioner Howard Cotto says the victims' bodies were found in a rural area outside San Salvador. They disappeared after being seen helping their mother at a market in the capital on Thursday. Both were shot once in the head. See more..
The Guardian 
Protests in San Salvador on International Women's Day. A bill proposing to allow abortion has sparked open debate on the subject in El Salvador for the first ... See more..
Breitbart News 
Immigration officials removed a previously deported Salvadoran national who is wanted in his home country on child molestation charges. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have a lengthy history with Henry Parada-Orellana, 26. See more..
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Insightcrime.org 
A recent study of El Salvador's gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs' own acquiescence. A study carried out by Florida International ... See more..
Insightcrime.org 
Authorities in El Salvador say a former mayor who was arrested last year had ordered gang members to kill a municipal official, revealing the dangers of too much interaction between gangs and city hall. The Salvadoran Attorney General's Office arrested ... See more..
KXAN.com 
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who authorities discovered was wanted for murder in El Salvador is accused of attacking and telling his roommate he was going to ... See more..
Daily Coffee News 
The first World Coffee Science Summit is scheduled to take place this May 30 through June 2 in San Salvador, El Salvador, focusing on a range of science-related issues affecting the long-term sustainability of the coffee industry, particularly as it ... See more..
Reno Gazette Journal 
Reno 1868 FC midfielder Burgos called up to represent El Salvador national team. See more..
ABS-CBN News 
Vets in El Salvador's zoo carried out an operation Monday to clean up a bone infection in the country's last male jaguar, an 18-year-old named Greco. See more..
Rome Reports 
The bishops of El Salvador were able to personally present to the pope their invitation to canonize Óscar Romero, who was murdered in 1980 and beatified in ... See more..
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Geography

Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras
Area

Total 21,041 sq km
Land 20,721 sq km
Water 320 sq km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (May to October); dry season (November to April); tropical on coast; temperate in uplands ;
Natural Resources

hydropower, geothermal power, petroleum, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

known as the Land of Volcanoes; frequent and sometimes destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity; extremely susceptible to hurricanes

volcanism: significant volcanic activity; San Salvador (elev. 1,893 m), which last erupted in 1917, has the potential to cause major harm to the country's capital, which lies just below the volcano's slopes; San Miguel (elev. 2,130 m), which last erupted in 2002, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country; other historically active volcanoes include Conchaguita, Ilopango, Izalco, and Santa Ana significant volcanic activity; San Salvador (elev. 1,893 m), which last erupted in 1917, has the potential to cause major harm to the country's capital, which lies just below the volcano's slopes; San Miguel (elev. 2,130 m), which last erupted in 2002, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country; other historically active volcanoes include Conchaguita, Ilopango, Izalco, and Santa Ana ;
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution; contamination of soils from disposal of toxic wastes ;

Demographics

Nationality
Salvadoran
Population
6,108,590 (July 2013 est.)
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The smallest country in Central America geographically, El Salvador has the third largest economy in the region. With the global recession in 2009, real GDP contracted by 3.1%. The economy slowed even further during 2010-12. Remittances accounted for 17% of GDP in 2011 and were received by about a third of all households. In 2006, El Salvador was the first country to ratify the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which has bolstered the export of processed foods, sugar, and ethanol, and supported investment in the apparel sector amid increased Asian competition. El Salvador has promoted an open trade ...See More and investment environment and has completed a wave of privatizations extending to telecom, electricity distribution, banking, and pension funds. The Salvadoran Government maintained fiscal discipline during post-war reconstruction and reconstruction following earthquakes in 2001 and hurricanes in 1998 and 2005, but El Salvador's external debt has been mounting over the last several years. Taxes levied by the government include a value added tax (VAT) of 13%, income tax of 30%, excise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, and import duties. The VAT accounted for about 51.7% of total tax revenues in 2011. El Salvador's external debt amounts to about one-fourth of GDP. In 2012, El Salvador successfully completed a $461 million compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a United States Government agency aimed at stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty - in the country's northern region, the primary conflict zone during the civil war, through investments in education, public services, enterprise development, and transportation infrastructure. In January 2013, the MCC approved El Salvador as eligible for a possible second MCC compact. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$47.09 billion (2012 est.); $46.35 billion (2011 est.); $45.45 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

8.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 10.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, sugar, corn, rice, beans, oilseed, cotton, sorghum; beef, dairy products
Industries

food processing, beverages, petroleum, chemicals, fertilizer, textiles, furniture, light metals