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World’s first carbon-neutral fuel plant breaks ground in Chile

17 Sep 21 - Work has started on a pioneering wind farm on the Magellan Straits in southern Chile that will produce green hydrogen and help Porsche produce e-fuels, with Chilean energy minister Juan Carlos attending the groundbreaking ceremony.

Costa Rica’s environment minister's plans for a green economy

1 Sep 21 - Costa Rica's environment minister Andrea Meza has ambitious plans for the country’s fight against climate change. But between a warming planet and limited time in her role, she’s on a tight deadline.

Will chocolate survive climate change? Actually, maybe

1 Sep 21 - The forecast has been bad for domesticated cacao. But some environments in Peru might hold the key to the future of the world’s sweet tooth.

Medellin strives to become Latin America’s first ‘eco-city’

1 Sep 21 - The Colombian city, notorious decades ago for its crime and violence, is reinventing itself as an eco-city.

The killing of environmental activists continues five years after Berta Cáceres's murder

30 Aug 21 - The Indigenous activist in Honduras had won the Goldman prize for opposing the Agua Zarca Dam. But it didn’t protect Cáceres in one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

Reforestration fails to make up for Amazon's destruction

23 Aug 21 - Driven largely by the expansion of farm land to meet increasing global demand for products such as soya bean, over 810,000 km² of forest in the Amazon has been cleared – an area nearly as big as Norway and Sweden combined.

Environmental policies could see Bolsanaro in front of International Criminal Court

12 Aug 21 - For the third time in two years, Indigenous groups in Brazil are accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of committing international crimes, for his actions against Native peoples and his environmental policies.


Costa Rica eyes ban on fossil fuel exploration

5 Aug 21 - Costa Rican lawmakers this week will discuss a bill to permanently ban fossil fuel exploration and extraction, a move that would prevent future governments from pivoting on the issue as the popular...

First ecosystem with its own insurance policy

Mesoamerican Reef

22 Jul 21 - A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?

Amazon rainforest releasing more carbon than it stores

15 Jul 21 - Over the last several years researchers have said that the Amazon is on the verge of transforming from a crucial storehouse for heat-trapping gasses to a source of them, a dangerous shift that could...

Technology boosts efforts to curb tree loss in Amazon

14 Jul 21 - Technology can help indigenous communities to significantly curb deforestation, according to a new study.

Twenty five mega-cities produce 52% of the world's urban GHG emissions

13 Jul 21 - A new study shows that just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of urban greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Hot air’ carbon offset scheme undermines Colombia’s climate goal

1 Jul 21 - Colombia stands to lose $62m in carbon tax revenue and underperform its emissions targets due to flawed forest carbon credit projects, investigators claim.

An indigenous leader fighting climate change

30 Jun 21 - Indigenous land defender Nemonte Nenquimo discusses how climate change has altered the Amazon, the plant medicines used to help fight COVID-19, and the ancestral knowledge passed down by her elders.

Bolsonaro accused of ecocide

28 Jun 21 - Indigenous leaders and human rights groups in Brazil want President Jair Bolsonaro prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Brazil's slash and burning of regulations threatens Amazon

24 May 21 - President Bolsonaro wants to slash Brazil’s environmental licences, a move critics say will open a free-for-all in the Amazon.

Amazon is now net GHG emitter: study finds

3 May 21 - Something is wrong in the lungs of the world. Decades of burning, logging, mining and development have tipped the scales, and now the Amazon Basin may be emitting more greenhouse gases than it...

Mexico’s cactuses find novel path to cooler climate

15 Apr 21 - Rainforests are prized for storing carbon, but Mexico’s cactuses are also vital to climate cooling, and provide leather too.

Biden in risky talks to save Amazon

13 Apr 21 - The US is negotiating a multi-billion dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the reelection of president Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon.


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