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.
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.
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’s water crisis has reached historic proportions, but arguably the worst could have been averted if only authorities had heeded the early warning signs; the parallels with our collective approach to climate change are striking.
Torrential downpours linked to tropical storms unleash deadly floods and landslides across Central America, which just a couple of months… Read more Central America floods kill dozens as region sees sharp reversal of summer drought
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Guatemala has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing drought, which has caused food shortages and left hundreds… Read more Guatemala at the heart of Central American drought and food crisis
Northern Colombia has recently been besieged by a severe drought, affecting vast swathes of the country and its inhabitants, with… Read more Colombia: North’s recovery from major drought may still be thwarted by El Niño
The El Niño climate phenomenon is said to be approaching, with many Latin American countries already experiencing extremes of rainfall… Read more El Niño already making its mark on Latin America