Archive for the ‘Chile’ Category

‘Water Grabs’ Pose Big Threat to Farmers Amid Water Crises In South America

Via Mongabay, a report on ‘water grabs’ posing a big threat to farmers amid water crises in South America: A new report by shows how investors and agribusiness are taking control of water in Latin America by purchasing rights to land or water to secure access and grow water-intensive crops, such as avocados. The researchers […]

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Chile’s Lithium Dreams Raise Water Concerns In Its Desert

Via Energy Daily, a look at how Chile’s lithium dreams raise water concerns in the desert As night falls in Chile’s Atacama desert, the world’s driest, a drilling machine extracts brine to measure levels of lithium — a crucial mineral for the global switch to cleaner energy, but harmful in its own way. Chile is […]

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Drought and Unequal Water Rights Threaten Family Farms in Chile

Via IPS News, an article on how rural farmers in Chile are facing a combination of climate change-induced mega droughts, and water policies that make access unaffordable and a State that either doesn’t want to or dares not intervene in the water market means family enterprises are dying out: Lack of water threatens the very […]

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Groundwater Levels Around the World Are Dropping Quickly, Often at Accelerating Rates

Via Inside Climate News, highlights of a starting report showing rapid declines in groundwater are most common in aquifers under croplands in drier regions, including California: Groundwater supplies are dwindling in aquifers around the world, a groundbreaking new study found, with the rates of decline accelerating over the past four decades in nearly a third […]

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Chile: Latin America’s Most Water Stressed Country

Via Smart Water Magazine, a look at Chile’s water dilemma, Latin America’s most water-stressed country According to the World Resources Institute, Chile faces “high water stress” as demand for water significantly exceeds its availability. A study by Fundación Chile highlights that 44% of water problems are due to failures in water management and governance. To strengthen […]

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Squeezing Communities Dry: Water Grabbing By The Global Food Industry

Via GRAIN, a look at how pension fund managers, private equity firms and other financial players are moving aggressively to snatch up lands around the world with access to water for irrigation. Their strategy is to pump as much water as they can and as fast as they can into the production of crops, like […]

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