Silver Mines in Bolivia Were Ground Zero for Pre Industrial-Era Pollution. The earliest evidence of large scale human-produced air pollution found in South America.
According to Guyra Paraguay, The Gran Chaco Region of South America suffered a deforestation of 53,283 hectares during December 2014.
After climatologists had previously stated that the chances of the warming weather phenomenon occurring this winter were becoming ever slimmer, it seems that there may now be a “glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback,” according to a press release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
A call by Brazilian scientists to protect the endangered mascot of the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian three-banded armadillo, seems to have been heeded by the Brazilian government.
The South American country, best known for its intensive investment in sugarcane-powered energy, is aiming to bulk up its wind portfolio, and could have more than 20,000 megawatts of wind power capacity in less than 10 years, according to a recent report by Navigant Research.
Peru’s government says that some 400 species in the South American nation are in danger of becoming extinct, including the massive and majestic Andean condor.
The National Administration of Power Plants and Power Terminals (UTE- in spanish) of Uruguay and the Administrative Republic Investment Funds Company (Rafisa- in spanish)) signed an agreement to build the largest wind farm in the South American country.
A European bumble bee species introduced in Chile in the 1990s to supplement the pollination efforts of native honeybees has grown into a certifiably invasive species, out-competing native pollinators not just in Chile, but across the South American continent.
South America has gone from the world’s granary to the site of innumerable international infrastructure, energy and mining megaprojects. It is now facing a new dilemma: bolstering the economy with the promise of reducing inequality, in exchange for social and environmental costs that are taking their toll.
The Andes region is planning to tap into the thousands of megawatts of clean energy available to them from geothermal sources, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
In response to decades-old listing petitions and a series of lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently designated four rare bird species from Colombia and one Ecuadorian as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
The report shows that homes pay an average of 26 US cents per kilowatt/hour, while large consumers on average 208 dollars per Megawatt/hour. This means that homes have the highest rate in South America and the fourth highest among 26 countries surveyed in the region and the Caribbean.
Researchers have identified a previously unknown genus of electric fish in a remote region of South America. Called the Akawaio penak, the fish was found by a team of international scientists among the shallow, cloudy waters of the upper Mazaruni River in northern Guyana.
Scientists studying one of the most remote and unexplored tracts of rainforest left on Earth have documented an amazing richness of biodiversity, including new 60 species – 11 of which are fish – that may exist nowhere else on the planet.
Polar air has blasted South America, causing temperatures to tumble and blanketing many parts of the region with snow. Cold blasts of weather are fairly common in South America at this time of year and are known as friagens, or geadas in Portuguese.