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28 Apr 2020 SANTIAGO
The water crisis affecting Chile and the rest of the world has had a severe impact on the agricultural industry, creating an urgent need for solutions and reinvention. The drought Chile has been experiencing for more than a decade has been extremely challenging. A deficit in infrastructure has stretched from the central regions to the northern regions, hitting most of the country’s key agricultural production regions.
16 Apr 2020 SANTIAGO
Intense droughts lasting a year or two are common in Chile and other countries with Mediterranean climates. But the drought currently gripping central Chile—which has dragged on for more than a decade—is something quite different. Since 2010, precipitation in central Chile has been below normal each year by an average of 20 to 45 percent.
24 Sep 2019 SANTIAGO
Representatives of Chile’s ruling party Chile Vamos defended this weekend a government proposal to allow mining companies to operate on rocky glaciers that are not listed in the national system of wild protected areas. At present, most of Chile’s glaciers are not protected and any development activities carried out on or around them are treated on a case-by-case basis...
30 Jul 2019 SANTIAGO, Chile
Chile's capital Santiago is facing an alarming water deficit, fuelled by climate change, that will worsen in the next decades, according to a new report.Challenged by increasing demand for potable water and decreasing resources the city, with a population of about 7 million people, has seen a change in rainfall pattern, with floods a more frequent occurrence...
25 Jul 2019 SANTIAGO
From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbor an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country's mining industry, are ticking time bombs. Mines are the pillar of Chile's economy, but their byproducts -- which accumulate in ravines, mountain areas, river beds and reservoirs, and which are often used to create tailings dams, pose a handful of problems for surrounding inhabitants.
31 Aug 2018 SANTIAGO, Chile
Chilean water authorities announced August 23 that the government is preparing new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats. Existing permits allow for extraction that is six times more than what the Atacama aquifer can sustain, teleSUR reprted. The new limitations will affect operations at BHP’s Escondida copper mine and Antofagasta’s Zaldivar mine...
18 Apr 2016 SANTIAGO, Chile
Some 4 million of the 6.2 million residents in the Chilean capital, Santiago, were left without drinking water over the weekend due to “extreme turbidity" in the Maipo and Mapocho Rivers, which have been affected by the ongoing heavy rains and flooding in the region.Santiago water provider Aguas Andinas announced on April 16th that it would "shut down its production plants" and make progressive drinking water cut-offs in 27 of the city’s 52 neighborhoods due to the water quality issues...
15 Apr 2016 SANTIAGO
A massive fish kill in the Queule River Estuary in Chile last week has left fishermen overworked, residents in fear and thousands of tons of dead sardines floating along local shorelines. According to a statement on the website of Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), the entire area has been declared a human health hazard and the dead sardines have been banned for consumption.
5 Feb 2016 SANTIAGO
Illegal mining and the El Niño extreme weather system have completely dried out one river in Colombia’s Cauca department.
22 Sep 2015 SANTIAGO, Chile
Some 34,000 people have been left without power and 9,070 without drinking water supply in the aftermath of the 8.4-magnitude earthquake that hit northern Chile on September 16th, the International Federation of the Red Cross reported this week, citing local utility service providers.The quake, which had its epicenter in the Coquimbo region, and subsequent tsunami killed 13 people, injured hundreds of others, and displaced 9,000 people in Arica, Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaiso and the Santiago Metropolitan region, according to the National Emergency Office of the Chilean Ministry of the Interior (ONEMI)...
6 May 2015 SANTIAGO
Ashes from the latest Calbuco volcanic eruption got to Chile's southeast Cochamo and Ensenada towns by wind and contaminated drinking water there. The latest eruption started on Thursday (30 April). The eruption has poured rocks, ashes and smoke that have reached the Chilean capital city of Santiago and even as far as Argentina and Uruguay.
1 May 2015 SANTIAGO, Chile
Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted for a third time on April 30th, spurring the government to evacuate another 1,500 people from the surrounding area.The latest eruption, combined with predictions of heavy rainfall, has raised concerns about possible acid rain and mud flows.Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said the eruption was smaller than the two that occurred last week, and the evacuations were a precaution...