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For Clean Air and a Safe Climate Future

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Air quality issues still plague our cities. The World Health Organization recently passed a resolution stating that it is the biggest single environmental health risk, as 8 million people die due to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Most of this is related to dirty cheap solid fuels....

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Facing Climate the Chilean Way

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 2:34 PM

This past March Chile reeled from simultaneous natural disasters. Forest fires raged in the South, impacting air quality and visibility, shutting down highway traffic. In late March unusual rains hit the Atacama Desert, unleashing landslides and flooding that left thousands without a home, destroying sewer systems and leaving many cities...

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Chile Hot From Solar

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 1:40 PM

2011 was a year of environmental controversy in Chile. It was a year in which three hotly debated projects were approved: Hidroaysen (a colossal hydroelectric project of more than 2000 megawatts located in the deep Patagonia), the Castilla coal-fired power plant (similar magnitude, but would by...

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Heating and Air Pollution

(23) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:22 PM

Its been more than three centuries since John Evelyn wrote the essay "Fumifugium: or the inconvenience of the air and smoke of London Dissipated" in which he was trying to convince the King to regulate wood burning emissions due to the air pollution it was causing in London....

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It's Sustainability Stupid

(5) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 6:15 PM

It's more than a year since president Sebastián Piñera triumphantly led the epic rescue of the 33 miners and his government's popularity was soaring. Many things have changed in a year. The government's approval ratings are in record lows, under 30 percent, at the same time that the...

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