Panama waterfall

Panama legally recognizes rights of nature

The new law could have major implications for Panama’s land and energy development policies, which are now required to respect and protect the natural world’s new rights.

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Panama bans single-use plastic bags

Panama’s plastic bag ban has gone into effect. Panama became the first Central American country to ban single-use plastic bags in 2018.

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal officially opens

France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914.

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