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Santiago Mountain Film Festival 2016 open for submissions

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Santiago Mountain Film Festival has opened the submission process for the South American films section of their 17th annual event. 
 
The finalists will be shown September 29 in the auditorium of San Sebastián University, at their Bellavista campus in Santiago. The winners will be announced on October 1 at the closing ceremony of the festival.
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Patagon Journal Reader Survey

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Dear Patagon Journal Reader,
Your opinion is important to us. Please respond to this short survey below and you will also enter to win a Patagon Journal t-shirt, a subscription to the magazine and the book Patagonia in photos.
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Patagonia from space

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NASA has long had a large database with photographs taken from space by astronauts. Wonderful photos with "out of this world" perspectives. From time to time photos of the glaciers and mountains of the southern Andes appear, and last month, during mission 47 of the International Space Station, something happened and they published more photos than ever before, gifting us extraordinary views of our beloved Patagonia. After reviewing more than 2000 I share my favorites. - Camilo Rada
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Cerro Castillo in winter

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By Tomás Moggia
 
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 8
 
At a distance, Cerro Castillo reveals itself almost like an inexpugnable fortress, covered with peaks and needles that jut deep into the Patagon sky.  However, it’s strong central peak rises with even greater prominence.  The name of this mountain matches perfectly its imposing figure, which is often pummeled by inclement weather.  It is not uncommon to see clouds beating and whipping its vertical walls.
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Bariloche residents call for a new sewage waste plant

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Photo: Tasha Filomeno y Nahuel AlonsoPhoto: Tasha Filomeno y Nahuel Alonso
 
 
By Clara Ribera
 
Bariloche’s local community has been denouncing for six years now that the treatment plant that processes the sewage waste in the city is insufficient after the rapid expansion of this Argentine Patagonian lakeside resort town in recent years.
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Beyond Coyhaique’s air pollution

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 Photo: Gaddiel GómezPhoto: Gaddiel Gómez
 
 
By Clara Ribera
Translaton by Nancy Moore
 
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) named Coyhaique, the capital of Chile’s Aysen region, the most polluted city in the Americas.
 
The city, with a population of just over 60,000 people, appears in the list with an annual concentration of fine particulate matter (PM2,5) of 64 ug/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
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Crisis in Chiloé: Interview with Ecoceanos director Juan Carlos Cárdenas

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Juan Carlos Cárdenas is a veterinarian and executive director of the Santiago-based marine protection group Centro Ecocéanos. For 38years, he has led research, conservation and activism activities in Chile and internationally on marine biodiversity and marine mammal issues. From 1990-96, he was the coordinator of Greenpeace Latin America campaigns to protect dolphins and create an Antarctica Whale Sanctuary. Cárdenas spoke with Patagon Journal's Ignacio Palma about the crisis in Chiloé, which he says is the result of 25 years of salmon industry expansion. 
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81,525 reasons to watch this video

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By Patricio Segura
 
The video was launched a month ago via Facebook and it already has more than 80 thousand views. To be more specific, at the moment it has 81,525 views, a great success for a video project like this according to the Santiago-based environmental group Chile Sustentable.
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UN excludes large dams from renewables

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By Patricio Segura

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has reaffirmed what the world understands to be clean energy, a conviction that should also be advanced here in Chile. In late March the UNEP launched the tenth edition of its report, “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016.” The report, conducted jointly by the Frankfurt School and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, accounts for global annual growth of sustainable technologies.

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