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Gobierno y empresarios chilenos pretenden declarar a la Cuenca de los Ríos Puelo y Manso como "Zona de Sacrificio"

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Por Lucas Chiappe
¿Cómo describir de manera "imparcial y objetiva" una serie de proyectos demandados por las corporaciones mineras y aprobados por el anterior Gobierno, como si se tratara de una panacea para el desarrollo de esta región, cuando el lugar directamente afectado por esta búsqueda implacable de energía hidroeléctrica, es uno de los rincones más bellos de la Patagonia chilena… y, de llevarse adelante esta primera central de pasada de las 19 en carpeta (además de la anunciada represa El Portón, que inundaría 6.000 Has de bosques prístinos y valles productivos), sería destinado a convertirse en una de las 6 "Zonas de Sacrificio" proyectadas por la actual administración?

Puesco Fest: celebrating free flowing rivers

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Snow-capped volcanoes, mountain lakes, rapid rivers and thick native forest are some of the features of the areas in and around Pucón and Curarrehue in southern Chile’s Araucania region. Its also a region that even today hosts a Mapuche indigenous culture which has a deep connection with the Earth. Now, this area is targeted en masse by small-scale hydroelectric dam projects. Just in these two municipalities alone some 59 permits have been granted for the construction of dams.

Interview: Eugenio Guzman and Mount San Valentin

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Photo: Eugenio GuzmanPhoto: Eugenio Guzman
With a passion for high summits, the remote, and the unexplored, Chilean mountaineer Eugenio “Kiko”  Guzman, has led or taken part in numerous expeditions and climbs around the world, including Mt. Everest, Mt. McKinley (Alaska), Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia), and Mt. Lhotse. In 2002, he participated in the first unsupported crossing of the Ellsworth Mountains Range in Antarctica. The business manager of Instituto Vertical in Santiago Chile, Kiko also has vast experience in Patagonia, and counts among his top mountaineering feats his participation in the first ascent in winter of Monte San Valentin, the highest summit in Patagonia.  Patagon Journal recently interviewed Kiko about his experience at San Valentin for our most recent issue. Excerpts: 

Instagram Contest - Mountains and Mountain Life

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Patagon Journal invites you to participate in a special Instagram-only contest. Show us your best images of mountains and mountaln life. These photos could be simple portraits of mountains, or skiing, climbing, trekking, and other activities in and around mountains. The images can be from Patagonia or anywhere else on the planet.

Chilean financial press reports cancellation of hydro project on the Futaleufú River

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Photo: Sebastian AlvarezPhoto: Sebastian Alvarez
Futaleufu Riverkeeper, press release, Oct. 23 - Chile’s financial press is reporting that Endesa, a multinational company which currently owns the water rights to the Futaleufú River and had planned to build three large dams, has removed the project from its energy portfolio. However, Endesa continues to own the water rights to the Futaleufú and several other rivers in Chile, and fears remain among environmental advocates that the project will be restarted or sold to another energy company unless the river is permanently protected.

Tierra de Patagones: New video from Gauchos del Mar

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The Argentine brothers Joaquín and Julián Azulay in July 2010 left Los Angeles, California, in a truck with two surfboards and just $1500 in their pocket. Some 403 days later they had surfed all over the Americas and taught surfing to children in coastal towns. They documented the journey in the film “Gauchos del Mar” – a bonafide hit after winning nine international film festival awards.
The brothers were given the name “Gauchos del Mar” (which in English translates as “Cowboys of the Sea”) by a friend who observed the two when out surfing drinking the traditional tea yerba mate, which is oft consumed by gauchos in Argentine Patagonia. But for these gauchos, the weather and insufficient time did not allow them to explore Patagonia during their epic trip through the Americas. But in early 2013 they finally took on Patagonia for their recently released film, Tierra de Patagones. They began along the northern Argentine coast in typical surfing cities like Mar de Plata and Necochea before heading south. 

Climate Change: There is no Plan B, because there's no Planet B

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People's Climate march in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014People's Climate march in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014
By Javiera Espinoza
Last Sunday, September 21, more than 600,000 people through nearly 2,800 events in 166 countries took to the streets to promote actions to stop the effects of climate change. The “People’s Climate March” aimed to get the attention of governments and demand they take decisive and drastic action on climate issues, making it the largest march to combat climate change in history. Without looking further afield, more than 310,000 people marched just in New York, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon himself, as well as former United States Vice President Al Gore. It is precisely in this city where the United Nations General Assembly is meeting this week, during which Ban Ki-moon convened a “Climate Summit” on September 23. The purpose of the Climate Summit was to call on global leaders to make statements concerning climate change to advance on achieving a new global climate agreement in 2015, which would replace the Kyoto Protocol, which became obsolete in 2012.

New Zealand and the proposal to legitimize scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary

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By Elsa Cabrera and Juan Carlos Cardenas
Translation by Ecoceanos
Following the landmark ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last March 31, that revoked Japanese so-called "scientific" whaling permits in Antarctica, it was expected that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) could finally resolve the many conflicts generated by these operations, which constitute a violation of the global moratorium on commercial whaling and the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.
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