Environment

Tompkins Conservation donates an additional 103,000 acres to Iberá National Park

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Tompkins Conservation - On November 10, 2017, the future Iberá National Park in San Nicolás, Argentina, gained over 103,000 additional acres of land as part of a new, historic donation from Tompkins Conservation. On Friday, November 10, at 11 a.m., Kristine McDivitt Tompkins made this milestone transfer of land, the second major donation from Tompkins Conservation to expand Iberá National Park.  These donations to Iberá National Park, along with the adjacent Iberá Provincial Park, will form the largest parklands in Argentina. The donation act was carried out within the future national park with representatives of the National and Provincial governments.
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Energy companies relinquish water rights to two Patagonian rivers

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International Rivers - In a fitting end to an extended struggle, energy companies Endesa and Colbún have agreed to return water rights to the Baker and Pascua rivers to the Chilean government, reports Chilean paper La Tercera.
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More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

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BBC - All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.
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Record number of whales counted in Argentina's Patagonia

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Associated Press - Conservation groups say a record number of Southern right whales were counted this year in Argentina's Patagonia region.
 
Thousands of tourists have enjoyed watching the whales and their calves this season swimming near the shoreline of El Doradillo area.
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Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000

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Guardian - A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.
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Pumas are not such loners after all

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NPR.org - Supposedly solitary pumas actually hang out with their fellow big cats quite often, frequently coming together and hissing and snarling before settling down to share a delicious elk carcass.
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Chile to be the first American country to ban plastic bags in coastal cities

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BioBioChile.cl - A bill announced on Wednesday by president Michelle Bachelet will make Chile the only country in America to ban the usage of plastic bags in coastal cities.
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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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