Latin America

What are Chilean presidential candidates’ environmental plans?

Chileans will choose Sebastián Piñera's successor in November, with decarbonization, the ongoing water crisis, and the signing of the Escazú Agreement all set to be priorities

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Gabriel Boric speaks to his supporters in Santiago, Chile, after receiving news of his victory in left-wing primaries. Photo: SOPA Images Limited via Alamy

As a result of climate change, global temperatures will continue to rise, with extreme weather events in Latin America becoming more frequent, according to the IPCC’s latest report, published on August 9. The following day in Chile, the Coquimbo Environmental Commission approved the Dominga mining project, which aims to excavate an open-pit mine as well as create a mega-port fewer than 30 kilometers from the Humboldt Archipelago, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.

The Chilean public was outraged by the decision made by the Sebastián Piñera administration. Indeed, local communities and scientists have resisted the project...

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