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Although 2017 was a challenging year for environmental defense globally, there have been many advances in the region that are worth celebrating.
Wetland, a natural carbon sink

Governments must protect ecosystems key to the fight against climate change: rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and mangroves absorb large quantities of carbon, slowing warming. | Credit: Nathan Anderson.

As individuals, we know about the small actions we can take to help reduce the emissions that cause climate change. But what can and should our governments do, seeing as their large-scale actions are fundamental to the welfare of their people?

Laura Yaniz

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria.

Dam in the Kaunertal Valley, Austria. 

At the end of 2016, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) concluded that reservoirs around the world, not just those in tropical areas, generate 1.3 percent of the total greenhouse gases produced by mankind. Dams, they found, are an “underestimated” source of contaminating emissions,...

Laura Yaniz

The Santurbán páramo is rich in both water and minerals. | Credit: Alberto Peña Key

The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, said “No” to the Angostura mining project in Colombia’s Santurbán páramo. What does this decision mean? It’s one step closer to the protection of this priceless ecosytem.
2016 was not an easy year. It was especially trying for the fight to protect the environment in Latin America. But it has not all been grim. This year has also given us important reasons to keep the hope alive.
Air pollution

Air pollution. Credit: Gianluca Di Natale/Fickr/Creative Commons.

Smog causes continuous environmental alerts in Mexico City. But did you know a legal framework exists to combat the pollutants that cause it?

Laura Yaniz

Bottled water

80 percent of the Mexican population as distrustful of the water supply system. Credit: Philografy/Flickr/Creative Commons.

Mexico consumes 12 percent of the global volume of bottled water, highlighting the failures of the country’s water supply system and the violation of a basic human right.

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