Environment

How Chilean fishermen adapted to protect marine life

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BBC - Chile created one of the world's largest marine protection areas earlier this month off the coast of Easter Island after the indigenous Rapa Nui population voted in favour of the scheme. Before their vote, a delegation from Easter Island visited Punta de Choros on the Chilean mainland. As Jane Chambers reports, the fishing village is a pioneer in diversification.
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Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks condemned

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Guardian - The Trump administration’s decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America’s most famous national parks, including the Grand Canyon, shows “the corporate agenda is king and people and the environment are left behind”, campaigners have said.
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Argentina approves construction of Chinese-financed dams in Patagonia

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Reuters - Argentina's government approved the construction of two hydroelectric dams in the southern Patagonia region after holding public hearings as required by the Supreme Court, according to a notice in the Official Gazette on Monday.
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Endangered whales won't reach half of pre-hunting numbers by 2100, study says

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Guardian - Populations of the endangered blue and fin whales, which were hunted nearly to extinction in the 20th century, will not have recovered to even half of their pre-whaling numbers by 2100, according to a new Australian study.
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Sea Shepherd says it will abandon pursuit of Japanese whalers

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Guardian - The anti-whaling vessel Sea Shepherd will not contest the Southern Ocean against Japanese whalers this season, Captain Paul Watson has announced, accusing “hostile governments” in the US, Australia and New Zealand of acting “in league with Japan” against the protest vessel.
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Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

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BBC - The Chilean government has rejected plans for a billion-dollar mining project because it would disrupt sea life, including endangered penguins. 
 
A Chilean company, Andes Iron, had wanted to extract millions of tonnes of iron in the northern Coquimbo region as well as building a new port. 
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Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

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Guardian - Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.
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Alto Maipo update: More financial woes for beleaguered hydro project

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Ciel.org - The Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project (PHAM) is a hydroelectric mega-project near Santiago, Chile, that has repeatedly come under fire for environmental, social, and financial reasons. In the wake of two complaints submitted to the accountability mechanisms of the International Finance Corporation and the Inter-American Development Bank, the project is facing even more challenges.
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Argentina under pressure to revive dams in Patagonia

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Dialogo Chino - After more than a year of legal conflicts, the government of Mauricio Macri will seek to recommence construction of two controversial hydroelectric dams in Patagonia, projects widely challenged by environmental, but necessary to unlock more finance from China to Argentina.
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Patagonia's big business of #Resist

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Outside - On February 16 of this year, the outdoor industry transformed. This wasn’t due to a first ascent, a remarkable new piece of gear, or some surprise merger of iconic companies. Rather, what happened that morning was the most mundane of modern American rituals: a conference call. Around 15 minutes into the conversation, a 52-year-old businesswoman from Staten Island, New York, declared war on the ruling party of the United States of America.
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