South America

September 20, 2023

The Politics and Geopolitics of Latin America's Energy Transition

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy in New York City (or via Zoom) for a discussion on the potential impact of recent developments on LAC’s energy transition, the region’s role in global energy markets, global supply chains and  critical mining commodities necessary for the global clean energy transition. 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET.

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"Ecuador Votes To Ban Oil Drilling In Part Of Amazon, Mining Outside Quito"

"Ecuadorean referendums to ban oil drilling in a part of the Amazon and mining in a forest outside Quito easily passed, drawing cheers on Monday from Indigenous leaders and environmentalists despite warnings from oil and mining groups about billions of dollars in lost income."

Source: Reuters, 08/22/2023

Indigenous Inspire Amazon City To Grant Personhood To An Endangered River

"On the banks of the Komi Memem River, the activity never ceases: women go down the embankment from Laje Velho village carrying basins to wash clothing, while men embark in small canoes on hunting and fishing expeditions. At day’s end, it’s the children’s turn to dive into its tea-colored waters."

Source: , 08/09/2023

"Amazon Deal Lacks Concrete Measures, Say Climate Activists"

"The eight countries that share the Amazon basin have fallen short of an agreed goal to end deforestation. ... A joint declaration on Tuesday created an alliance to combat deforestation, but left each country to pursue its own conservation goals."

Source: BBC News, 08/09/2023

Governments Meet To Talk About Amazon Rainforest. Why Is It So Important?

"The Amazon rainforest is a massive area, twice the size of India and sprawling across eight countries and one territory. It’s a crucial carbon sink for the climate, has about 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves and boasts astounding biodiversity, including 16,000 known tree species."

Source: AP, 08/07/2023

"'Narco-Deforestation' In Focus At Upcoming Summit Of Amazon Nations"

"When the presidents of Amazon nations including Brazil, Peru and Colombia meet at a regional summit next week, they will train their sights on a new breed of criminal just as comfortable chopping down the rainforest as shipping drugs overseas."

Source: Reuters, 08/03/2023

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