Mystery whale deaths: Is climate change the cause?

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By Katie McConnell

Interview: Raúl Castro, director of NOLS Patagonia

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Photo: Felipe PimentelPhoto: Felipe Pimentel


The renowned outdoor leadership school has spread its philosophy through its courses for more than 25 years in Chile.

By Ignacio Palma
Translation by Andy Ford

Our Climate Change in Patagonia series

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Scientists say in order to maintain a natural balance on Earth, one that provides the environmental conditions upon which all life depends, the amount of carbon dioxide contained in the atmosphere should be below 350 parts per million (ppm). At the beginning of human civilization our atmosphere naturally contained around 275 ppm. Humanity’s growing reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas, or fossil fuels, spiked tremendously the amount of carbon dioxide beginning in the late 20th century. Today, we have 404 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, and its rising every year, moving us increasingly farther away from the 350 ppm goal.

The changing landscape of Patagonia

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The author and partner, Brinannala Morgan walk across the meltwater pools on the surface of the Campo de Heilo Norte with the Torres and the Circo de los Altares in the background.The author and partner, Brinannala Morgan walk across the meltwater pools on the surface of the Campo de Heilo Norte with the Torres and the Circo de los Altares in the background.
Text and photos by Jonathan Byers
Looking out across a glacial lake in a rocky valley below Cerro Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park, I had with me a black and white photograph taken 80 years earlier at this very same spot by the Italian priest and mountaineer, Alberto de Agostini. In the photo by Agostini, a massive glacier filled the valley floor. The scene in front of me a century later was starkly different, with several kilometers of ice in the valley completely gone.

Reader survey: Some results, and the winner of the giveaway!

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We want to thank all the readers who responded to our survey. Your comments and opinions are valuable to us as we strive to make a better magazine.

Issue 11 - Climate Change in Patagonia

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Increasing research in the Patagonia region appears to show that climate change has already arrived: are we about to expedite devastating changes to Patagonia’s natural treasures? Its one of the questions we examine in this edition of Patagon Journal. Our special section about climate change was made possible in part with the support of a grant from the Earth Journalism Network, an organization with 8,000 members from 120 countries.

The public health risks of air pollution: Interview with Kirk Smith

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Smog in Temuco. Photo: Carlos OrtegaSmog in Temuco. Photo: Carlos Ortega


Kirk Smith is the director of the Global Health and Environment Program at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. An internationally renowned scientist on global public health, among other things, he has been a lead advisor on climate and health issues for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a member of the executive committee for the World Health Organization Air Quality Guidelines.

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.

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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