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Futaleufú residents raise concern over industrial installation

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 Photo: Cecilia Uribe/Futaleufu RiverkeeperPhoto: Cecilia Uribe/Futaleufu Riverkeeper

 
By Nancy Moore
 
Residents in the Chilean Patagonia town of Futaleufú on Saturday came together for a march to call on authorities to protect their valley’s rural, agricultural, and touristic values, and to denounce a recent industrial installation in the area. 
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Chile's massive salmon escape raises concern, and questions

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Salmon farms in Chile. Photo: OCEANA/ Lucas ZanartuSalmon farms in Chile. Photo: OCEANA/ Lucas Zanartu
 
 
By Tomas Moggia
Translated by Brent Harlow
 
In early July, an escape of unprecedented proportions at a salmon farm run by the Norwegian salmon farming giant Marine Harvest caused a national uproar in Chile. Greenpeace called it “an environmental disaster with severe and unimaginable consequences.” According to reports, a storm producing strong winds and rain caused serious structural damage to the Punta Redonda fish farm on Huar Island, located just south of Puerto Montt in the Los Lagos region, freeing some 690,000 Atlantic salmon.
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Study: fish species endangered if dams built on the Puelo River

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Puelo River. Photo: Andres AmengualPuelo River. Photo: Andres Amengual
 
 
By Iván Vera Escalona
Translation by Zoe Baillargeon

Vestiges of a remote past, glaciers tell us about a different time scale, alien to the human one. Reminiscent of what they once were, the glaciers that hypnotize us so with their celestial flashing, with their roughness or dimensions that at times seem overwhelming, are survivors of another era.
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Chile’s plastic bag ban opens possibilities for the future

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By Zoe Baillargeon
 
Among the many problems facing the health of planet Earth, the issue of plastics pollution is one of the most pressing. And the ubiquity of plastic bags is a particular scourge for our environment.
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Chile’s river protector network rejects Alto Maipo complex

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Group photo from VI summit of the Red por los Ríos Libres in Cajón del Maipo, Chile. Photo: Mauricio Ceron Becerra and Pablo MeloGroup photo from VI summit of the Red por los Ríos Libres in Cajón del Maipo, Chile. Photo: Mauricio Ceron Becerra and Pablo Melo
 
 
By James Blair and Andrea Becerra
 
Water scarcity has become a mounting crisis in Chile. The country has been ranked as one of the most prone to water stress in the Western Hemisphere. Despite its reputation as one of the region’s advanced economies, Chile lacks an integrated watershed management system, which could help allocate limited resources efficiently and sustainably. As a result, the country’s rivers have been—and continue to be—threatened by various damaging industries, notably the energy sector.
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Hiking the Huemul Circuit

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Editors Note: The following article is from Issue 17. Subscribe to read the entire issue here.
 
By Stephanie Stefanski
 
 
In the small town of El Chalten, Argentina, most backpackers strap on their packs and take the main road north toward the iconic Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. But heading out of town in the other direction, past the National Parks Service (APN) ranger station, there is an inconspicuous - but just as captivating - trail that also heads to the mountains. Spanning 40 miles (64 km), the Huemul Circuit takes adventurers through lush meadows, stark glacial terrain, past the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and to Lake Viedma with a view of the terminus of the Viedma Glacier.
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Chilean government lets bill to protect glaciers fall

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Photo: Jackman ChiuPhoto: Jackman Chiu
 
 
By Patricio Segura
Translation by Justin Mueller
 
“About this project and the amendment that would be declared inadmissible if it does not have the support of the executive, we as the environment ministry are not going to support the project nor the amendment that came from the previous government.”
 
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Athletes with commitment

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Photo: Paulo UrrutiaPhoto: Paulo Urrutia

 
Editors Note: The following article is from Issue 17.
 
By Jens Benöhr, Patrick Lynch and Paulo Urrutia
  
More and more often, countless people every day leave the vortex of the cities to appreciate and enjoy nature in all its splendor. On every mountain and valley, and every river and lake, it’s common today to find a growing number of people who practice outdoor sports, perhaps their way of understanding a little more this “pale blue dot,” as the astronomer Carl Sagan once called the planet we inhabit.
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