The Environment

Santiago de Chile Prepares Water Rationing Plan in Face of 12-Year Drought

CHILE: The Governor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago last Monday announced a protocol for rationing water in the capital to address a record-breaking 12-year drought.

  • Apr 18, 2022
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Methane Emissions Harm Already Vulnerable Communities the Most (OPINION)

Methane traps 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Its production pollutes the air we breathe, and more than 1.81 million Latinos live within half a mile of oil and gas facilities that release methane and other toxic emissions.

  • Apr 14, 2022
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‘We Need to Be Resilient’: Puerto Rico Farmers Facing Climate Change

Puerto Rico is five times more likely to be struck by extreme rainfall today than it was decades ago. Given that the archipelago is uniquely susceptible to flooding and its location on the eastern edge of the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico is one of the most vulnerable places in the world to the effects of climate change.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • 12:31 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: The Mine That Coopted the Guatemalan Government

A leak of more than eight million company documents revealed how a mining company operating illegally in a Maya Q’eqchi’ town near the Caribbean coastline bought local police and Indigenous leaders, spied on journalists, classified residents as allies or enemies, and sought to expel communities from ancestral land.

  • Mar 9, 2022
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How Overdevelopment Is Threatening One of Puerto Rico’s Ecological Treasures

The residents of Culebra first kicked out the U.S. Navy. Now they’re fighting against overdevelopment.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • 4:54 PM

Indigenous Science With Jessica Hernandez (A Latino USA Podcast)

Dr. Hernandez believes that things will not change until Indigenous voices and knowledges are centered and heard.

  • Feb 15, 2022
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Pineapple Country: The Agrochemicals Polluting the Panama Canal and Beyond

Panama participates in a global business of agrochemicals that are harmful to health, the environment and water supplies. The companies—that import, export, manufacture and use them—operate with lack of transparency, without accountability by the authorities.

  • Feb 10, 2022
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Guatemala Mayan Community Argues Before Human Rights Court

The community of Agua Caliente, one of 16 Maya Q’eqchi’ communities in the El Estor municipality, is demanding that the Guatemalan government give them title to their land and the right to determine how its natural resources are exploited.

  • Feb 9, 2022
  • 5:51 PM

Earthjustice: AES-Puerto Rico Seeking Bailout for Polluting Coal Plant

On Monday, nonprofit public-interest environmental group Earthjustice released a statement condemning energy company AES-Puerto Rico for seeking to transfer ownership of its notorious coal plant in Guayama to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

  • Jan 31, 2022
  • 5:36 PM

Construction Permit Approvals for Coastal Projects Fast-Tracked During Pierluisi’s First Year

Far from slowing the pace of construction on Puerto Rico’s coasts to address climate change, as experts have requested, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s administration hit the accelerator to approve construction permits along the coasts.

  • Jan 28, 2022
  • 11:39 AM

Senate Must Take Action on Climate by Passing Build Back Better Act (OPINION)

Ecomadres, an initiative by the national organization Moms Clean Air Force that brings together Latina moms to address the environmental issues affecting the health of Latino children and families, is calling on Senators to take action on the climate crisis.

  • Dec 15, 2021
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How the Climate Crisis Fuels the Migrant One and Hits Latinos Especially Hard (OPINION)

It’s been a terrible century or so for Central America, but last year was especially rough.

  • Nov 23, 2021
  • 11:47 AM

Daniel Ortega Set to Secure Re-Election in Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega sought his fourth presidential term in Sunday’s Nicaraguan elections. With more well-known challengers sitting in jail, Ortega stood a greater chance of winning.

  • Nov 8, 2021
  • 12:43 PM

The Death of Neoliberal Corn in Mexico (OPINION)

The Mexican Supreme Court’s recent ruling authorizing a ban on genetically modified corn seeds is only the latest in a history of struggle for land and farmworker rights in the face of big business and foreign investors.

  • Oct 19, 2021
  • 10:46 AM

Latinos Need to Demand Environmental Justice (OPINION)

Given that 15 percent of Latinos live within 10 miles of a power plant, we are three times more likely to be negatively affected by air pollution. Time to call on Congress to improve environmental conditions for all, particularly the Latino community.

  • Oct 15, 2021
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Mezcal: From Farms To Bars (A Latino USA Podcast)

Latino USA takes us on a journey to understand —and appreciate— mezcal’s production process and how to become a better consumer.

  • Aug 24, 2021
  • 11:20 AM

Their Town Wiped Out by a Mudslide, People of La Reina Mourn

Home to about 1,000 people, the town in western Honduras was hit by two powerful hurricanes within three weeks, natural disasters made far worse by local deforestation and climate change. La Reina was buried by a landslide.

  • Aug 2, 2021
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Tension Rises in Rincón Due to Police Force and Construction on Beach

Complaints from protesters and activists range from excessive police force to unjustified arrests. Several videos on social media have recorded how police officers have attacked the people protesting.

  • Jul 27, 2021
  • 4:35 PM

Justice for Berta

Latino Rebels Radio: July 8, 2021

  • Jul 8, 2021
  • 5:03 PM

The Young People Fighting for Climate Justice in Argentina

“Environmental issues deepen all pre-existing social inequalities and as such also deepen gender inequalities,” Mercedes Pombo told Latino Rebels.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 5:04 PM

OPINION: A Commonsense Rule to Promote Clean Air and Boost California’s East Bay Area Economic Recovery 

Join me in calling on the air district to adopt the most stringent cat cracker rule.

  • Jun 1, 2021
  • 12:27 PM

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