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.
The 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) attempts to rank countries of the world based on their environmental credentials. How are Latin American nations judged to be doing, and is it a fair and accurate assessment?
Plans to build a large hydroelectricity complex in the middle of the Atacama Desert have caught the attention of many, but Chile is one of the best-placed countries in the world for highly innovative energy projects of this kind.
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.
Brazil achieves new record for electricity generated by wind power, as the country looks to a mix of renewables in order to make its energy mix cleaner and more reliable.