Climate Change

  • Tree plantations: the green tide that threatens Aysén?

    Wednesday July 27th, 2016

    This article addresses a number of urgent questions about Chile’s forestry model and its future in the Aysén region. How many hectares of pine trees are there at present? Will this increase in the short or medium term? Will climate change provide an incentive to set up large-scale pulp plants? By Patricio Segura Translated by […]

  • The impact of heatwaves in Patagonia

    Thursday June 23rd, 2016

    By Martín Jacques-Coper, Translation by Katy Harris Currently in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina there are few weather stations and only short-term observations have been recorded. Researchers have thus had to overcome a number of difficulties in order to better understand climatic phenomena in the region. One such phenomenon is climate change, which […]

  • From Paris to Patagonia: On rivers and climate change

    Monday June 20th, 2016

    By Patrick Lynch In the Patagonia region, climate change presents a direct threat to human health and the environment. More than 90% of Patagonia’s glaciers are receding, [1] endangered marine species are shifting migration ranges as the ocean warms, and in some rural communities the water table has dropped so far below historical levels that […]

  • Alternative energy potential in Chilean Patagonia

    Monday June 20th, 2016

    By Grant Devine Commonly regarded as possessing some of the richest natural resources in the world, Chile is blessed with an abundance of renewable energy resources. Non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) is defined by Chile’s energy ministry as energy derived from solar, wind, small-hydro (less than 20MW), biomass, biogas, geothermal and marine sources. The abundance of […]

  • Mystery whale deaths: Is climate change the cause?

    Monday June 20th, 2016

    By Katie McConnell While on a scientific expedition in Golfo de Penas in April 2015, a team of biologists and sailors stumbled upon hundreds of dead sei whales on beaches in Chilean Patagonia. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the whale deaths have been the springboard for collaborative, international multi-disciplinary projects about the whale deaths and more […]

  • The changing landscape of Patagonia

    Friday June 17th, 2016

    By Jonathan Byers Looking out across a glacial lake in a rocky valley below Cerro Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park, I had with me a black and white photograph taken 80 years earlier at this very same spot by the Italian priest and mountaineer, Alberto de Agostini. In the photo by Agostini, a massive […]