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Vultures in Peru are Warning Residents of the Impact of Their Garbage

A group of vultures are trying to turn the tide against pollution in Lima, Peru. You read that right. VULTURES, with the help of human researchers from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, are helping Peruvians fight back against piles of garbage around the capital city.

The trash problem is so bad in Lima, that there is garbage literally piled up on the beaches.

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So researchers with the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos have created a program called Gallinazo Avisa (Vultures Alert) to bring attention to major areas of pollution and garbage in the city of Lima.StruggleIsReal

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The researchers were studying the flight patterns of the birds since July.

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Eventually, someone had the idea to use the birds to alert Lima of their garbage problem.

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Armed with a GPS tracker and a GoPro camera, each vulture is collecting real-life data on garbage problem in Peru.

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Researchers are hoping that by collecting this data they can essentially shame people into cleaning up their garbage in the name of national health.

Why use vultures for this project? Simple: Vultures eat garbage and decaying animals.

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This means that the vultures are picking up information on where the trash is being piled just by searching for their food. Mutually beneficial.

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Don’t worry. Every vulture has gone through rigorous health examinations and are fit for duty.

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After being screened medically, the vultures are fitted with their equipment and released into the wild to start gathering information about garbage around the city.

Gallinazo Avisa has a full interactive map on their site that monitors the vultures in real time.

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People can track the vultures flying and stopping to eat from collecting garbage they find throughout the capital city.

Watch the full promo below and get ready to be inspired…by vultures!

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In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost in 2015


In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost in 2015

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As we say farewell to the year, let’s take some time to reflect on and say goodbye to some of the Latinos we lost in 2015.

Ninón Sevilla (November 10, 1921 – January 1, 2015)

The Cuban-born Mexican film actress passed away at the age of 85 from heart issues. She was a big shining star of the golden age of Mexican cinema. If you’ve never seen her in the film Aventurera, you really should.

Lorena Rojas (February 10, 1971 – February 16, 2015)

The popular telenovela actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. After several years of battling the disease, the cancer spread and Rojas unfortunately succumbed to it.

Ariel Camacho (August 7, 1992 – February 25, 2015)

Camacho, the singer of Los Plebes del Rancho, died in a car accident in Sinaloa, Mexico after just having performed a concert at the 2015 Carnival Mocorito.

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Braulio Castillo (March 30, 1933 – February 28, 2015)

A legendary Puerto Rican actor who appeared in movies and TV, Castillo died of natural causes. Among his many notable credits, Castillo was the first co-star of Topo Gigio during the Latin American production of the popular children’s show.

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez (July 23, 1979 – March 21, 2015)

The Mexican wrestler, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, died from a kick to the head he received while in the ring by Rey Mysterio, Jr. He was stretchered out of the arena, but did not recover from his injury.

Rogelio Brambila Lizárraga (1993 – March 21, 2015)

Brambila, a singer for Los Plebes de Arranke, was found dead in a parked car in Tijuana. He had been shot multiple times.

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Eduardo Galeano (September 3, 1940 – April 13, 2015)

Eduardo Galeano

The Uruguayan author and journalist succumbed to cancer at the age of 74. He is considered and remembered as a champion of social justice.

Joan Sebastian (April 8, 1951 – July 13, 2015)

The Mexican singer-songwriter and musical icon, known as El Rey del Jaripeo, wrote over 1,000 songs in his lifetime. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999.

Mexicano 777 (1972 – July 23, 2015)

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Israel Perales Ortiz, the Puerto Rican rapper known as Mexicano 777, passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. At the time of his death, he was serving a jail sentence for a domestic violence charge, but was released from prison to complete his sentence at home because of his illness.

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Adriana Campos (February 27, 1971 – November 3, 2015)

The soap star died alongside her husband in a tragic car accident in native Colombia.

Benny Sadel (March 27, 1960 – November 5, 2015)

BEnny Sadel

The Dominican merenguero, whose hit songs included “Qué Pasará” y “Solo Palabras,” lost his battle with leukemia this year.

Germán Robles (March 20, 1929 – November 21, 2015)

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Born in Spain, Robles went on to have an incredible career as an actor in Mexico acting in theater, film and television. He made quite the impact in the cult classic film El Vampiro.

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