A mass of plastic pollution in the seas around the Caribbean coast of Honduras has helped to highlight the serious problem of plastic waste in previously pristine areas.
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.
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.
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.