Community of Guadal demands environmental evaluation of Los Maquis hydroelectric project

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By Patricio Segura
Translated by Nancy Moore
 
More than 50 community members submitted a formal complaint against Edelaysén for building a hydroelectric plant at the former tourist attraction, Cascada Los Maquis, without subjecting the project to the Chilean Environmental Impact Evaluation System (SEIA).  The project is located near the shores of Lake General Carrera just 5 kilometers from the village of Puerto Guadal and within the precinct of Chile Chico.
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New report shows payoffs of environmental protection

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Photo: María José CatalánPhoto: María José Catalán

 
By Enric Sala
 
In the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature, more than 100 economists and scientists find that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today. The report considers various scenarios of protecting at least 30% of the planet to show that the benefits outweigh the costs by a ratio of at least 5-to-1. It offers new evidence that the nature conservation sector drives economic growth, delivers key non-monetary benefits, and is a net contributor to a resilient global economy.
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Covid agreement: A solution in conflict with nature and communities

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By Patricio Segura
Translated by Jamie Lauer
 
It was said systematically. Insistently. Not for the purpose of fortune-telling, but only guided by the clarity of being governed by an elite who is not up to the task of meeting the signals coming from the regions and the planet.
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Chiloe wetlands await protection

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Bahía Villa Quinchao. Photo: José Cardenas VejarBahía Villa Quinchao. Photo: José Cardenas Vejar

 

By Caterinna del Río
Translation by Steve Kraybill
 
The Bahía Lomas wetland in Tierra del Fuego spent 16 years waiting to be protected under Chilean law, from 2004 when a part of it was named a wetland of international importance, until it was finally declared an official nature sanctuary on April 16th. Today, two wetlands of Chiloé are enduring a similar long, official wait to be protected under this legal designation.
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Discovering nature and the ocean through play

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Photo: Geoturismo ChilePhoto: Geoturismo Chile
 
 
By Camila Calderón and Paulo Urrutia
Translation by Taylor Ffitch and George Chambers
 
The oceans play a vital role in the regulation of the atmosphere, the temperature, and the existence of live on our planet. It's no accident, given that the oceans cover 70% of the surface of the Earth. For us humans, the immensity of the marine universe has been a source of inspiration, theories, and above all, food, for millennia. Yet, we are indebted to our aquatic home. According to the United Nations, approximately 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, ravaging wildlife, fishing, and tourism. Contamination from plastics are costing the lives of a million marine birds and 100,000 marine mammals a year. Plastic costs 8 billion dollars a year in damages to the marine ecosystem every year. More than 70% of life on Earth is found in marine waters, but just 1 percent of the ocean's surface is protected. In the year 2025, there will be an estimated 1 kilo of plastic for every 3 kilos of fish in the ocean.
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