Environment

Argentina confirms Santa Cruz dam projects

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Dialogo ChinoAfter months of rumours, Mauricio Macri’s government has officially confirmed that the controversial China-backed dams in Patagonia will go ahead. However, following complaints by environmental organizations, the original plan will be subject to changes, which could include reducing the dams’ size.
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The global significance of the Klamath agreement

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International Rivers Network - Last week, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed an agreement that will set into motion the biggest river restoration in the history of the United States
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Climate model predicts West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly

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New York Times - For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.
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Japan's excuse for killing 333 whales in the Antarctic is complete and total nonsense

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Vox.com - This news is sparking all sorts of outrage: Last week, Japan announced that its whaling boats had returned from Antarctic waters hauling the dead carcasses of 333 minke whales — including some 200 pregnant females.
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February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount

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Guardian - February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by Nasa.
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Honduras indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres killed

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BBC- Award-winning Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres has been killed in the western town of La Esperanza.
 
Two men entered Ms Caceres' home on Thursday and shot her dead, Hugo Maldonado, of the Honduran Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, said.
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NASA: Retreat of the Sierra de Sangra Glaciers

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NASA - Since the end of the Little Ice Age, the ice fields of Patagonia and other parts of South America have been shrinking as global temperatures have increased. A number of studies have investigated these changes, which can affect the communities downstream that rely on the glaciers for a steady water supply.
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Japanese hunters evade Sea Shepherd, kill hundreds of whales

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Nation of Change - Where on Earth are the whalers?
 
That question is vexing activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who have failed to locate the Japanese whaling fleet during this season’s hunt for minke whales in the Southern Ocean.
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Hydropower at front and center of energy debate in Chile, once again

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IPS - The Chilean government’s approval of a hydroelectric dam in the Patagonia wilderness has rekindled the debate on the sustainability and efficiency of large-scale hydropower plants and whether they contribute to building a cleaner energy mix.
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Wife of late North Face founder says she'll build on husband's environmental legacy

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AP - The widow of American conservationist Doug Tompkins, who died last month while kayaking in South America's Patagonia region, says she'll build on her husband's legacy of protecting threatened ecosystems in Argentina and Chile.
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