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Peru's rich rainforests are threatened by illegal logging, deforestation, and agricultural expansion.1 Nearly 715 hectares of forest are lost each day.2 Water pollution from sewage, oil-drilling, and other waste cause dangers to drinking supply and other water sources.3 Recently, the Peruvian government has scaled down legislation protecting air, soil, and water standards in order to stimulate business investment and mining and oil drilling practices in the country.4 Peru's 6,000 indigenous species of plant and animal life are in danger because of extensive hunting and destruction of the environment.6

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1 http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/peru/about/problems/
2-3 Ibid
4http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/8/peru-environmentclimatechangemining.html
5 Ibid
6 http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/southamerica/peru/
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Peru News

Plattsburgh Press Republican 
The Youth Commission also wants families to know that, due to ongoing scheduling conflicts, it has been decided that "in the best interest of all the children in our programs," youngsters must choose either the Town of Peru softball/baseball program or ... See more..
AOL 
CARAPONGO, Peru (Reuters) - Between rows of plastic tents on the outskirts of Lima, Martha Llanos takes her ration of rice and chicken alongside thousands of others who have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding to hit Peru in decades. See more..
Huffington Post 
A physician working in Lurigancho Prison in Lima, Peru once explained to me, “Prisons like Lurigancho function like a society in miniature. There's a distribution of powers, of hierarchies, of priorities, and of necessities.” Throughout the five months ... See more..
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Huffington Post 
At the end of January, a local El Niño weather pattern formed in Peru due to an abrupt increase in the surface temperature of the ocean and is expected to continue until at least April. Torrential rains have generated floods and mudslides in 24 out of ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
People cross a flooded street after a landslide and flood in the Huachipa district of Lima, Peru. Rain and mudslides over the past three days have wrought havoc around the Andean nation and on residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it ... See more..
New York Post 
Law enforcement officials in Peru last weekend made a different kind of score than the one soccer giant Lionel Messi is used to making when they seized 1,417 kilos of cocaine bearing the FC Barcelona star's likeness and name. The cocaine, worth an ... See more..
NEWS.com.au 
The image of Chamorro escaping the mudslide has been broadcast around the world, catapulting the 32-year-old onto countless television screens. She is being hailed in Peru as a symbol of strength in the most devastating environmental calamity to strike ... See more..
UPI.com 
Prosecutors specializing in drugs said the shipment of drugs discovered during the weekend was held in three containers belonging to the Valle de Oro Perú S.A.C. company. The drug seizure is valued to be worth $85 million, La Republica reported. See more..
NorthJersey.com 
A flooded neighborhood is seen from the air in Piura, Peru, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding have hit the country, the worst seen in two decades, according to Peruvian authorities. (Photo: AP Photo ... See more..
Yahoo Finance 
LIMA, March 24 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank vowed on Friday to do its part to help mitigate flooding and a massive graft scandal that it expects will trigger the first economic slowdown in three years. The economy will likely grow 3.5 percent ... See more..
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Geography

Western South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador
Area

Total 1,285,216 sq km
Land 1,279,996 sq km
Water 5,220 sq km

Climate

varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes ;
Natural Resources

copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, hydropower, natural gas ;
Natural Hazards

earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, landslides, mild volcanic activity

volcanism: volcanic activity in the Andes Mountains; Ubinas (elev. 5,672 m), which last erupted in 2009, is the country's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes include El Misti, Huaynaputina, Sabancaya, and Yucamane volcanic activity in the Andes Mountains; Ubinas (elev. 5,672 m), which last erupted in 2009, is the country's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes include El Misti, Huaynaputina, Sabancaya, and Yucamane ;
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation (some the result of illegal logging); overgrazing of the slopes of the costa and sierra leading to soil erosion; desertification; air pollution in Lima; pollution of rivers and coastal waters from municipal and mining wastes ;

Demographics

Nationality
Peruvian
Population
29,849,303 (July 2013 est.)
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Peru's economy reflects its varied geography - an arid lowland coastal region, the central high sierra of the Andes, the dense forest of the Amazon, with tropical lands bordering Colombia and Brazil. A wide range of important mineral resources are found in the mountainous and coastal areas, and Peru's coastal waters provide excellent fishing grounds. The Peruvian economy has been growing by an average of 6.4% per year since 2002 with a stable/slightly appreciating exchange rate and low inflation, which in 2013 is expected to be below the upper limit of the Central Bank target range of 1 to 3%. ...See More Growth has been in the 6-9% range for the last three years, due partly to a leap in private investment, especially in the extractive sector, which accounts for more than 60% of Peru's total exports. Despite Peru's strong macroeconomic performance, dependence on minerals and metals exports and imported foodstuffs subjects the economy to fluctuations in world prices. Poor infrastructure hinders the spread of growth to Peru's non-coastal areas. Peru's rapid expansion coupled with cash transfers and other programs have helped to reduce the national poverty rate by 23 percentage points since 2002, but inequality persists and continues to pose a challenge for the new Ollanta HUMALA administration, which has championed a policy of social inclusion and a more equitable distribution of income. Peru's free trade policy has continued under the HUMALA administration; since 2006, Peru has signed trade deals with the US, Canada, Singapore, China, Korea, Mexico, Japan, the European Free Trade Association, Chile, and four other countries; concluded negotiations with Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Guatemala; and begun trade talks with two other Central American countries and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Peru also has signed a trade pact with Chile, Colombia, and Mexico called the Pacific Alliance that rivals Mercosur in combined population, GDP, and trade. The US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement entered into force 1 February 2009, opening the way to greater trade and investment between the two economies. Although Peru has continued to attract foreign investment, political activism and protests are hampering development of some projects related to natural resource extraction. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$332 billion (2012 est.); $312.4 billion (2011 est.); $292.2 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

23.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 23.4% of GDP (2011 est.); 22.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

asparagus, coffee, cocoa, cotton, sugarcane, rice, potatoes, corn, plantains, grapes, oranges, pineapples, guavas, bananas, apples, lemons, pears, coca, tomatoes, mangoes, barley, medicinal plants, palm oil, marigold, onion, wheat, dry beans; poultry, beef, pork, dairy products; guinea pigs; fish
Industries

mining and refining of minerals; steel, metal fabrication; petroleum extraction and refining, natural gas and natural gas liquefaction; fishing and fish processing, cement, glass, textiles, clothing, food processing, beer, soft drinks, rubber, machinery, electrical machinery, chemicals, furniture