conservation

Dams approved in Chilean Patagonia

So, after five years of protests from local and international campaigns, and despite the fact that 61% of the Chilean population are against the project, HidroAysen’s controversial dam proposal for Chilean Patagonia has been approved by the Chilean Government. Despite serious conflicts of interest on the part of members of the Environmental Review Commission – …

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Up to 278 environmental laws to be scrapped

Yet another supremely stupid idea from No 10…. The UK Government’s Red Tape Challenge offers the alarming possibility of scrapping no fewer than 278 environmental laws, including the Climate Change Act (2008) and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000). Pretty intelligent and forward thinking, huh (especially for a government pushing its ‘green’ credentials …

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Patagonia without dams

Thousands of people took to the streets in Chile yesterday – 3500 in Santiago alone – to protest against government plans to allow dams to be built in spectacularly beautiful, unspoilt areas of Patagonia. The proposed damming of the Rio Baker and Rio Pascua by HidroAysen has been debated for quite some time – and …

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Patagonia images

Chilean Patagonia has some of the most spectacularly beautiful landscapes on the planet, from massive, sprawling glaciers to fang-like mountain peaks, ancient forest – and some of the most amazing skies I have ever seen. With that in mind, and the fact that HidroAysén would dearly love to submerge/desecrate a few areas (namely the Rio …

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