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Clean energy sources manage to cut electricity bill in Chile
9 January 2018 - A 75 per cent drop in electricity rates, thanks to a quadrupled clean generation capacity, is one of the legacies to be left in Chile by the administration of Michelle Bachelet, who steps down in March. The Atacama desert in northern Chile has the highest solar radiation on the planet, one of the country's advantages when it comes to developing solar energy. (more)

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins
22 August 2017 - The Chilean government has rejected plans for a billion-dollar mining project because it would disrupt sea life, including endangered penguins. A Chilean company, Andes Iron, had wanted to extract millions of tonnes of iron in the northern Coquimbo region as well as building a new port. Ministers said the project did not provide sufficient environmental guarantees. The area is home to 80% of the world's Humboldt penguins as well as other endangered species, including blue whales, fin whales, and sea otters. (more)

Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert
26 May 2017 - Construction began in Chile on Friday [26 May] on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today. Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024. (more)

Chile seeks to fight obesity with new food labeling law
27 June 2016 - Chile implemented a new food labeling law Monday in hopes of lowering the country's childhood obesity rate, which is one of the highest in the world. The Health Ministry has ordered labels to be placed on food that is high in sugar, calories, sodium, or saturated fat. It also bans the sale of any of those products in schools as well as advertisements for them that target children under age 14. (more)

Chile taps solar thermal energy with Latin America's first plant
5 August 2014 - With the first solar thermal power plant in Latin America, Chile hopes to begin to alleviate its energy crisis. The Spanish company Abengoa Solar, which has been operating in Chile since 1987, won the public tender in January to develop a solar tower plant with 110 MW capacity and 17.5 hours of thermal energy storage in molten salt. (more)

Virtual Neruda walks streets of Chile's capital
11 July 2014 - Forty years after his death, Pablo Neruda once again was writing and reciting love poems and he walked through Santiago's streets to the admiring gazes of Chileans -- virtually, that is. The Nobel Prize-winning poet was briefly visible Friday writing verses in the window of his former home in Santiago, which is now a museum. Then his projected figure set off, travelling across the facades of buildings and homes as he appeared to slowly stroll the capital's streets like he used to do when he was alive. The urban project was part of an initiative by the Pablo Neruda Foundation on the 110th anniversary of his birth, 12 July 1904. (more)

Fog catchers pull water from air in Chile's dry fields
26 June 2014 - Where the cold waters of the Humboldt current meet the dry hot air along northern Chile, a thick fog rises up off the Pacific and is blown inland over the arid coast. On these barren steppes just south of the Atacama desert lies a lush forest where trees suck moisture from the fog. A new team from Chile and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is mimicking these natural fog catchers to provide water for drinking and crop irrigation in this parched region. (more)

Chile: Monster move completes Earth's biggest radio telescope
19 June 2014 - This is a very special delivery. The last of the 66 enormous antennas that will complete the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observatory has arrived. Its new home is ALMA's high-altitude site, 5,000 metres above sea level on the Chajnator plateau. The plateau's dry and rarefied air is perfect for crystal-clear observations, but it's a difficult place to work. That's why the antennas are assembled and tested at a lower site -- a mere 2900 metres up -- and then moved via a 28-wheel transporter. (more)

Chile rejects huge hydro-electric project in Patagonia
10 June 2014 - The Chilean government has rejected what would have been the biggest energy project in the country's history. The HidroAysen project would have seen five huge dams built on two rivers in a beautiful part of Patagonia. 'This project has many aspects that were poorly thought out,' said Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco. Environmentalists celebrated the decision, saying the project would have had a devastating impact on the area's ecosystem. (more)

Chile's new energy agenda lays the foundation for sustainable growth
29 May 2014 - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet released a new Energy Agenda on 15 May, which her administration will use as the foundation for a national energy policy. The much-anticipated document outlines seven pillars, or key areas, where new and specific efforts are needed if the country is to grow sustainably and stably over the coming decades. (more)

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Chile: Transcendental Meditation improves students' graduation rates - El Mercurio reports on new published study
18 June 2013 - An article appearing in El Mercurio, a major newspaper in Chile, several days ago featured a new study published in the journal Education which found greatly improved graduation rates in students who practised Transcendental Meditation. The students attended an urban school in the USA. El Mercurio also interviewed Rafael de la Puente, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in Chile. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education in universities and schools in Chile
15 October 2007 - Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, recently reported that two large universities and their associated schools are introducing and very much appreciating the value of Consciousness-Based Education for their students. (more)

Chile reports on progress in Consciousness-Based Education
25 July 2007 - Professor Carmen Montellano, Director of Consciousness-Based Education in Chile, reported on the most recent developments in her nation, during the commencement ceremonies of Maharishi University of Enlightenment. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education in Chile
3 July 2007 - Raja Luis, Raja (Administrator) of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace recently reported on the development of Consciousness-Based Education and rising Invincibility in Chile where a group of 400 Yogic Flyers is required to create national invincibility. (more)

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Chile battles devastating wildfires as international help pours in
25 January 2017 - The worst wildfires in Chile's modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country's central-south regions . . . Forest fires are a regular feature of Chile's hot, arid summers, but a nearly decade-long drought combined with historically high temperatures have created tinder-dry conditions. The country last week declared a state of emergency. (more)

Chile's environmental regulator to sanction salmon companies
20 December 2016 - Chile's environmental regulator said on Tuesday that it started a sanctioning process against the local units of two salmon companies, Australis Seafoods and AquaChile, for their handling of a deadly algal bloom. ... After a 'red tide' algal bloom killed all the biomass at two salmon farms operated by AquaChile and one owned by Australis in Chile's southern Los Lagos region, the companies improperly disposed of the dead fish, the SMA said. ... Thousands of local fishermen blamed the salmon industry for a posterior algal bloom, which further decimated local marine life and endangered their livelihoods, after they dumped the dead and decaying salmon into the Pacific Ocean. (more)

Chile's head of Transparency International resigns after 'Panama Papers'
4 April 2016 - The president of the Chilean branch of Transparency International resigned on Monday after documents from a Panamanian law firm showed he was linked to at least five offshore companies. Delaveau was among tens of thousands of people named in a leak of four decades' worth of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that specialized in setting up offshore businesses. While Delaveau is not accused of illegal activity, the leaks called into question his post at Transparency International, a German-based organization that seeks to monitor and root out corporate and political corruption worldwide (more)

Chile's arsenic-laden toxic water declared 'environmental catastrophe'
22 March 2014 - Thirty years ago 20,000 tonnes of toxic smelting waste arrived by ship to the Chilean port of Arica and were transported to the edge of the northern city where they were left uncovered and exposed to the elements. Children from homes abutting the dump trampled playfully across the waste, locals carried off hunks of material to build extensions to their fragile adobe houses, and over time the wind did the rest, scattering arsenic and lead across the arid sands of Arica y Parinacota. Prior to Sweden's moratorium on exports of toxic materials to developing countries, the European nation's largest mining operator Boliden cut a deal with Chilean company Promel to recycle the waste that was swiftly abandoned. Authorities battled to filter the toxins from the region's contaminated groundwater, as cases of arsenic and lead poisoning mounted into the hundreds. To make matters worse, the region is in the heartland of Chile's extensive mining industry, and a 2013 study headed by a leading toxicologist alleges that the lakes and rivers that irrigate the Valle de Azapa and serve water to the city of Arica are privy to the unchecked dumping of arsenic, mercury, lead, nickel, boron, and cyanide. (more)

Chile: Unabating violence in the south leads to calls for a state of emergency
6 January 2013 - A string of arson attacks in a remote southern region of Chile where Mapuche Indian farmers are pitted against landowners and the forest industry has led to calls for the government to declare a state of emergency in the area. The law dates back to the late General Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship and allows for suspects to be held in isolation without charge, and for the use of secret witnesses and telephone taps that have been discredited by Chile's courts in previous cases of Mapuche violence. Despite the government's tough stance, police reported six more arson attacks over the weekend, the burning of a lumber truck, and an abandoned house by unidentified groups. Human rights and Mapuche groups criticize the use of the anti-terror law, calling it an abuse of power and say the government should instead focus on reaching out to the Mapuche. Demands for land and autonomy date by the Mapuche date back centuries. (more)

Suspicious fire ruins Indian leader's family home
8 January 2012 - The family home of one of Chile's top Indian leaders was destroyed Sunday in a suspicious fire. Hours later, hooded gunmen attacked the home of a retired military official and set it ablaze. The apparent arsons happened in an area of the Araucania region in southern Chile where Mapuche Indians and Chile's largest forestry companies have been mired in land conflicts. The area also is suffering from dozens of wildfires that have broken out as unusually high temperatures and dry weather turn pine forests into tinderbeds. Seven firefighters employed by the Mininco Forestry company were killed last week fighting one of those wildfires. The cause remains under investigation. Local officials initially blamed the fire on people burning wood to make charcoal, but Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter accused Mapuche Indian land activists of starting the blaze. Local residents, meanwhile, accused the government of not giving the firefighters enough training and support. (more)

Chile blames deadly fires on Mapuche Indian terror
6 January 2012 - Chile's government said Friday that many of the wildfires burning out of control in Patagonia were set intentionally, and blamed a Mapuche Indian group that has long struggled to regain its ancestral lands for starting the blaze that killed seven firefighters. Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter directly named the 'Coordinadora Arauco Malleco' group, whose leaders have been accused and in some cases convicted of violent attacks on forestry company property. He noted that only days earlier, the group burned a helicopter that would have fought the deadly fire. Mapuche activists did take responsibility for destroying the forestry company helicopter and several bulldozers, which it said were operating 'illegally' on Indian territory. Much of the area's forests were sold off after Gen. Augusto Pinochet dictatorship expropriated them from the Indians, and governments since then have failed to reach an accord that satisfies all the Mapuche's demands. (more)

Chile military drafts thousands, blames students
17 October 2011 - Chile is giving nearly 57,000 18-year-olds one month to report for potential military duty, saying the government needs to fill gaps in its armed forces because a nationwide student protest movement has reduced the number of volunteers it usually gets. Military service is obligatory in Chile, but there are usually enough volunteers to fill the ranks so that no one has to serve against their will. So far this year, 14,127 men and women born in 1993 have signed up, and armed forces deputy secretary Alfonso Vargas said they need a bigger pool to choose from to fill 11,340 spots. That's why 56,793 more teenagers will need to report in a month for potential duty in 2012, he explained on the draft office's website. (more)

Chile's 2-day shutdown begins with barricades
24 August 2011 - Chilean students, opposition politicians and union workers are leading a two-day nationwide strike to fight for fundamental changes in government. Some people are stoning buses and burning barricades as Santiago's streets fill with tear gas. Protesters planned marches downtown, but the government has warned them to stay out, threatening to invoke Chile's severe state security law against people who 'incite the subversion of public order.' The government says the strike could cost Chile $400 million in lost production. (more)

Chile keeps to nuclear script despite Japan crisis
16 March 2011 - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera insisted Wednesday on signing a nuclear accord with the United States saying the country must keep reactors as a potential option for fuelling the booming economy despite anxieties about Japan's disaster. Chile, like Japan and the United States' west coast, sits on the Pacific's 'ring of fire' of seismic activity. It is so prone to major earthquakes that many Chileans believe nuclear energy should have no part in the country's future. Even lawmakers from Pinera's center-right party have asked him to drop plans for nuclear energy. President Pinera insisted that his government 'will always put as its first priority the security, the protection of life, the protection of the health of everyone'. But Japan was already a world leader in nuclear safety, and now radiation is spreading across parts of the country. (more)


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