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24 Aug 2020 Santiago, Chile
A strongly worded statement from the UN has requested the Chilean government to “clarify” its choice to place economic development ahead of human rights, identifying controversial agriculture and energy projects at the heart of its rebuke of the country.On 20 August Leo Heller, the special rapporteur on human rights to drinking water and sanitation, asked the government to “clarify” its approach to the intensive cultivation of avocados in the central coastal region and the development of the Maipo Hydroelectric Project that is southeast of Santiago...
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.
27 Dec 2019 SANTIAGO
“Water, water, water, is a right, not a business, not a privilege”. Used as a rallying cry during protests, this chant rang out as an underlying current throughout an alternative climate conference held in Santiago, Chile from December 2-11, 2019. Chile is the only country in the world with a privatized water system, and uneven water access has been one of the most critical issues fueling the country’s on-going social uprising.
11 Dec 2019 SANTIAGO
Overshadowed by events in Madrid, where the United Nations COP25 conference is taking place, activists in the Chilean capital, Santiago, are eager that social justice becomes more central to international climate discussions. On December 2, the first day of COP25, more than 100 environmental groups launched a parallel conference in Santiago...
9 Oct 2019 MARSEILLE, France
An outcomes document of the High Level Strategic Workshop on Water and Climate, sponsored by the World Water Council, has been made available in advance of the COP25 meeting in Santiago in December.With the theme of “Raising ambitions on the road to COP25”, a June workshop aimed at increasing global climate ambitions through the crucial recognition of water as a main game-changer...
5 Oct 2019 SANTIAGO
Farmers are counting the cost of one of the driest austral winters in six decades, which has destroyed crops and left tens of thousands of farm animals dead in the fields of central Chile. So far, 106,000 animals have died due to lack of water and fodder, mostly goats, cattle and sheep, according to the agriculture ministry...
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...
29 May 2018 SANTIAGO, Chile
Journalist argues that thirsty avocados are not the cause of Latin Americas water crisis: "This kind of coverage pushes the idea that faddish millennial eating habits are the root cause of corporate malfeasance in agriculture. They aren’t. The answer is more complex than that, and it’s counterproductive to pin the blame on people making an effort to minimise their environmental impact through changes to their diet, such as by becoming vegetarian or vegan"...
27 Sep 2016 HAVANA, Cuba
Ongoing drought is affecting 239 water sources and 816,000 people in Cuba, according to a report by the country’s National Water Resources Institute (INRH).Of the water sources, 191 have been partially affected and 48 are totally dry, according to the report, presented last week.Prensa Latina quoted Jose Antonio Hernandez, director of INRH's Rational Water Use Department, as saying Santiago de Cuba, on the eastern part of the island, had been hit hardest; 51 of its water systems are affected by drought...
1 Sep 2016 SANTIAGO
Endesa Chile, the country's largest power generator, said on Tuesday it is rescinding the water rights to several hydroelectric projects and will take a $52 million writedown this year associated with those investments. "Endesa Chile wants to only move forward on projects that are technically and economically viable and that are embraced by the local communities," said Chief Executive Valter Moro.
13 May 2016 SANTIAGO
A ban on harvesting shellfish in Chiloé due to a severe red tide outbreak sparked a social uprising that has partially isolated thousands of local residents of the southern Chilean archipelago and revived criticism of an export model that condemns small-scale fishing communities to poverty and marginalisation.