South America

"Deadly Algal Bloom Triggers Social Uprising in Southern Chile"

"SANTIAGO - A ban on harvesting shellfish in Chiloé due to a severe red tide outbreak sparked a social uprising that has partially isolated thousands of local residents of the southern Chilean archipelago and revived criticism of an export model that condemns small-scale fishing communities to poverty and marginalisation."

Source: IPS, 05/12/2016

Brazil Files $44 Billion Lawsuit Against Vale, BHP For Dam Spill

"Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed a 155 billion-real ($43.5 billion) civil lawsuit on Tuesday against iron miner Samarco and its owners, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, for a collapsed tailings dam in November that killed 19 people and polluted a major river."

Source: Reuters, 05/04/2016

"Surprising, Vibrant Reef Discovered in the Muddy Amazon"

"After sampling muddy water from the mouth of the Amazon River, oceanographer Patricia Yager steamed in the research ship Atlantis toward the continental shelf, where a Brazilian colleague was chasing a phantom. Yager’s colleague was carrying a 1977 six-page research paper that included a hand-drawn map suggesting this region might mask an extraordinary set of reefs."

Source: National Geographic, 04/26/2016

A Rare Conviction For The Slaying Of A Latin American Environmentalist

"Four men have been found guilty in Costa Rica for the killing of a sea turtle conservationist in 2013. The chief of a three-judge panel said the slaying of Jairo Mora Sandoval, who worked for a green group called Widecast, was tied to his activism in a war 'between poachers and environmentalists on the beach.'"

Source: Wash Post, 04/06/2016


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