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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
2 Ibid
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

U.S. News & World Report 
By Sofia Menchu. GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties. See more..
National Review 
In an effort to promote the global legalization of abortion, a number of articles published during the last few years have used the example of El Salvador to argue that “unsafe” abortions lead to the deaths of thousands of women each year. El Salvador ... See more..
Insightcrime.org 
"Mr. Merino is a senior member of El Salvador's governing party [whose] reported long-standing associations with transnational organized criminal networks are the subject of US criminal investigations for cocaine trafficking and money laundering," the ... See more..
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PRI 
When Waldo Martínez left Sensuntepeque in the early '90s, escaping El Salvador's civil war, he never thought he'd be back 25 years later with an American wife ... See more..
teleSUR English 
El Salvador's authorities dismantled criminal “death squads” led by military and police members in the eastern part of the country linked to 36 murders perpetrated between 2014 and 2016, the office of the attorney general reported today. According to ... See more..
NBC4 Washington 
Liliana Cruz Mendez was deported Wednesday and arrived in El Salvador Thursday, said Maria Fernanda Durand, communications manager for CASA, ... See more..
WTOP 
Federal law enforcement leaders say taking on the problem of MS-13 here and in other parts of the country requires a global reach. See more..
Washington Post 
Federal prosecutors in El Salvador say four National Civil Police officers and 15 soldiers participated in death squads that killed 36 people. See more..
Insightcrime.org 
Police and army officials were among those arrested in El Salvador's biggest opperation against anti-gang death squads yet, as the authorities finally move against the deadly militias that have flourished under their noses. On June 21, Salvadoran ... See more..
Richmond.com 
Federal immigration officials have deported a mother of two from Falls Church back to her native El Salvador despite eleventh-hour efforts by Gov. 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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Finances

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