The fate of our oceans, and the livelihoods that depend on them, lies squarely in our hands. Latin America, with Chile as a would-be standard bearer, can lead the way.
Recent events have highlighted the many ongoing threats that are hammering Latin America’s environment from all sides; overcoming them will require extraordinary and unprecedented levels of effort and cooperation.
After a long hiatus due to other career commitments, Eye on Latin America is back with regular updates and analysis on the most important news coming out of Latin America concerning its environment and sustainable development.
Mexico has a huge role to play in regional and global efforts to tackle carbon emissions and, after a major shake-up of its energy sector in recent years, seems to be realising both its responsibility and its potential.
Colombia issues red alert as drought caused by El Niño hits water levels across country, threatening reservoirs and potentially leaving Colombians facing restrictions on water and energy use.
Lima sees opening of a new climate change park that hopes to foster education and greater awareness of the global phenomenon, building on the success of the COP20 climate summit held in the Peruvian capital at the end of 2014.
Intense rainfall in the heart of South America has caused major rivers to overflow, resulting in widespread flooding that has displaced over 160,000 and is being blamed on a particularly severe El Niño event.
Colombia has a lot riding on the future of global climate change action, and also on there being a successful outcome from peace talks with FARC; the two are absolutely linked, and possibly even dependent on each other.
Bolivia’s second largest lake has almost completely evaporated, leaving local fishermen and communities to count the cost of climate change and poor water management in a particularly vulnerable part of the world.
Experts believe that the current El Niño event – already among the strongest ever recorded – will reach its peak soon. But authorities across the region are confident they are as prepared as ever for the consequences.