The importance of protection in the Antarctic Peninsula: the development and status of the MPA proposal

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Antarctica. Photo: INACH/Harry DíazAntarctica. Photo: INACH/Harry Díaz
 
 
By César Cárdenas
Translation by Andy Ford

The western region of the Antarctic Peninsula is quite a peculiar place for several reasons, including being one of the regions of the planet, after the Arctic, that has displayed the most severe environmental changes in the last few decades. The increase in air and ocean temperature has produced a series of other physical changes along the western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), among which are the decrease in cover and duration of sea ice and increases in the precipitation, melting, and retreat of many glaciers, especially in the southern part of the WAP 1.

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Somos Cuenca: bringing people together to restore and protect rivers

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 Valle Colorado. Photo: Ximena SalazarValle Colorado. Photo: Ximena Salazar
 
 
By Paula Fernández
Translation by Patrick Nixon
 
The Maipo River Basin is probably one of the most productive in Chile and has for centuries been bearing the weight of human activity. It has become the main water source for Santiago, the capital and population hub of the country. Perhaps then it is no coincidence that this is precisely where the Bestias del Sur Salvaje (Beasts of the Wild South) collective has chosen to develop the first stage of its project "Somos Cuenca" (We are a River Basin), a collaborative network that seeks to connect and support the different river basin conservation projects in Chile.
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Cleaning the air, greening Chile’s recovery

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By Marcelo Mena
Editor's note: The following is from Issue 22.
 
Air pollution is a permanent and underestimated threat to the wellbeing of people. It kills 7 million people a year, mostly from lower income communities. And those who are impacted most are those who have least contributed to the problem.
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Protecting the Cuervo River basin

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Photo: Fundación KreenPhoto: Fundación Kreen 

By Patricio Segura
Translation by George Chambers
 
During these tumultuous times, as the urge to step up the extraction of the Earth’s natural resources underpins government plans to revive the economy, it is refreshing to hear some positive news. A new protected area will be created, an important move given that the global climate crisis and the deterioration of local ecosystems is the result of mankind’s unbridled interference in nature. Such is the extent of our impact on nature, we ourselves seem to have become subordinates to an artificial way of life. When faced with the choice of whether or not to intervene in nature, we should always think first of not making an impact. Minimizing our impact on nature is precisely what nature-based solutions seek to avoid.
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Islote Lobos: Argentina’s 40th national park

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 Photo: Islote LobosPhoto: Islote Lobos

 
By Tomás Moggia
Translation by Brent Harlow
 
With the recent announcement of the establishment of Islote Lobos National Park, Argentina will arrive to the extraordinary number of 40 national parks. A provincial natural protected area since 1977, the Islote Lobos complex is comprised of five small islands with a great diversity of marine fauna and birds, many of which have transformed this coastal nook into a true wildlife refuge. 
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