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The year of 2023 was the hottest on record, with the increase in Earth's surface temperature nearly crossing the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius, EU climate monitors said Tuesday.  Climate change intensified heatwaves, droughts and wildfires across the planet, and pushe...

Argentina’s Celeste Saulo, the first woman to head the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said on Thursday her top priority is to help the most vulnerable countries cope with climate change and extreme weather.  "Climate change is the greatest global threat of our times, an...

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A wave of unusually extreme heat at the end of South America's winter was made 100 times more likely by climate change, according to a study published Tuesday. "While many people have pointed to El Nino to explain the South America heatwave, this analysis has shown that climate c...

Argentina is far from being the only country whose inhabitants fear that something very nasty could be coming their way. Similar sentiments can be detected almost everywhere, what with North Americans alluding to the possibility of a civil war, Europeans resigning themselves to (...

This election year is now entering into its final third when all four months end in the suffix “ember” and the rapid disintegration of ruling coalition presidential candidate Sergio Massa’s electioneering package (abusing his parallel role as Economy minister) would seem to confi...

Judging by data from the second quarter of 2023, the Brazilian economy has consolidated growth under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government. GDP grew 0.9 percent in relation to the first three months of the year and increased 3.4 per cent compared to the same period of 2022. For ...

Argentina’s Economy Ministry has announced measures to improve government workers’ salaries and funnel money toward retirees and poorer families, defying an International Monetary Fund appeal earlier this month for the country to spend less. Economy Minister Sergio Massa, who is ...

Presidential candidate for La Libertad Avanza (LLA) Javier Milei vowed to deliver sweeping change to Argentina in a celebratory speech on Sunday night after emerging with the most votes in the PASO primaries, Milei, 52, took more than 30 percent of all votes in the primary electi...

Javier Milei, a libertarian outsider who’s taken a surprise lead in the race for Argentina’s Presidency, would shake up the country’s powerhouse commodity industries like none of his rivals. Argentina is a top crop and beef exporter, and the world’s fastest-growing lithium produc...

Wall Street is preparing for Argentina’s presidential election to come down to a November run-off after libertarian outsider Javier Milei won surprisingly strong support in a primary vote.  The nation’s already-distressed foreign bonds plunged Monday after Milei, who is running o...

Argentina’s primary election on Sunday will be key in dictating how asset prices will move going forward — it’s just not clear in which direction. Amid a wide range of possible outcomes, investors will be looking for signs of the political change needed to bring South America’s s...

Argentina’s best chance of making a comeback from the brink and taming spiralling inflation is the economy minister who’s overseen it all. Sergio Massa, who’s running for president in an October election, is one of the most pro-market politicians within the ruling leftist coaliti...

With inflation at 116 percent, Argentina feels like a country careening out of control. The big question in this weekend’s presidential ballot is who, if anyone, can avert a crash. For millions of voters, daily life has become a gruelling struggle to keep up with galloping prices...

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva opened what he called a "landmark" summit Tuesday, urging fellow South American leaders to chart an ambitious roadmap to save the Amazon rainforest. Lula vowed bold action to stop the destruction of the world's biggest rainforest at t...

The big question about any election is normally who will win but in this case it is also worth asking what they will win. Is this year’s contest a good election to lose – will the winners find themselves facing a mountain of unpayable debt amid the political and social impossibil...

Last Sunday, in PERFIL, columnist Damián Tabarovsky in his both usual and impeccable column, this time entitled ' ,' described the decadent way that identifies the Argentine player these days. As we are used to, the columnist did it in an obviously critical yet elegant tone, disg...

Investors are starting to make the most tentative of moves back into Argentine stocks, looking at a potential regime change following this year’s elections.  While few are willing to dive into the local stock market, where access is restricted by a mass of currency controls, some...

A small town generating its own power, a city school equipping its rooftop with solar panels, and a company building solar water heaters that help to cut energy bills: small-scale initiatives across Argentina are showing the active role people can play in building a renewable ene...

Sabino Vaca Narvaja is Argentina’s ambassador to China. A “sinologist,” as defined by President Alberto Fernández, who appointed him to the post via a decree expiring in November, he insists on policies to boost the bilateral trade relationship, betting on the economies of Argent...

Argentina’s economy minister and presidential hopeful for Unión por la Patria, Sergio Massa, has put a plan in motion to seduce different sectors – his latest focus is agriculture.  Massa has closer ties with some sectors in particular, such as the unions of the General Labour Co...

Amid a summer of record heat, the most dramatic impact may be taking place under the cover of Antarctic night.  The continent at the bottom of the world normally sees a halo of sea ice grow around it each summer — or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere — but this year h...

Within the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States taking place in Brussels, Belgium, Alberto Fernández celebrated the formation of “this space of bi-regional dialogue to approach the common challe...

President Alberto Fernández arrived in Brussels on Monday, to take part in the 3rd Summit between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac in its Spanish acronym), in the Belgian capital, one of the 60 heads of state of the 27 EU and 33 E...

Leaders of the European Union are seeking to reboot relations with Latin America in a competition for influence against Russia and China, but wrangling over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is hampering their efforts. The EU will help invest over €45 billion (US$50.6 billion) in Lati...

Vista Capital, who manages one of Brazil’s best-performing hedge funds of the past three years, is building a position in Argentina through ADRs ahead of a presidential election that could result in a regime change. The position is small, a person familiar with the situation said...

A vast blue sky, a backdrop of awe-inspiring snow-covered Andes mountains, and a spectacular pyramid shaped adobe building that looked like a Mayan temple surrounded by vines: that was my first impression of Catena Zapata, one of Argentina’s most famous wineries, on my first visi...

Crushing hopes of a unified position on talks with the European Union over a long-awaited free-trade deal and other commercial opportunities, a high-profile Mercosur meeting in Puerto Iguazú this week instead ended up highlighting disputes between member states. Tensions mainly e...

Many people in Latin America see migration as "the only option they have" after enduring successive crises of climate change, Covid-19 and spiking food prices, the World Food Programme's head for the region told AFP. "It's a hemispheric migration," the official for the United Nat...

Argentina and Brazil, South America's largest economies, took aim Tuesday at an "unacceptable" EU stance in negotiations with the Mercosur bloc for a free-trade deal long delayed due to stated European environmental concerns. Mercosur countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uru...

The Mercosur regional trade bloc opens a two-day summit Monday with a longstanding deal with the European Union dominating the agenda, but few expect leaders to reach consensus on how to fulfil EU demands on environmental protections. The EU and the Mercosur countries – Argentina...

Today is Canada Day, marking the anniversary of the British North American Act of 1867 when Canada started on the road from colony to nationhood. Marking this national day by interviewing Canadian Ambassador Reid Sirrs, the began with the symbolism of the occasion itself before...

Journalist Harold Briley, most famous here as the BBC correspondent who covered the 1982 South Atlantic war, lost a long battle against cancer last Monday, surrounded by his family. He was born in Liverpool in 1931 in the Anfield area – today of “You’ll never walk alone” football...

Argentina’s economy is expected to shrink by more than three percent this year, and its inflation rate is at a three-decade high of 114 percent. And yet its S&P Merval stock index is the Lionel Messi of markets — which is to say, it’s the best performer in the world, up almost 50...

Argentine bonds were among the biggest gainers in emerging markets Monday after the ruling Peronist bloc coalesced around the centrist Economy Minister Sergio Massa as its main candidate. The pick — which sent notes due in 2030 up two cents to 32 cents on the dollar, the highest ...

It’s gotten so hard to find US dollars in Argentina that Whirlpool Corp, the US appliance giant, is considering paying with China’s yuan to import parts for a new factory.  It’s not alone. Across the country, a dwindling greenback supply is leading companies to embrace a currency...

It is becoming increasingly difficult to read through the thick layer of uncertainty that hangs over Argentina’s socio-political ecosystem. More so than usual, in great part due to the combined effects of a tumultuous electoral process and pervasive economic stagflation that is e...

China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed comments by US President Joe Biden equating Chinese leader Xi Jinping with "dictators" as an "open political provocation." Speaking at a fundraiser in California on Tuesday, Biden said Xi had been angered over an incident in February ...

With eight countries sharing the Amazon, the Inter-American Development Bank wants to play a central role as an "umbrella" organisation coordinating climate-related projects in the vulnerable rainforest. Stepping up the involvement of international financial organisations in the ...

Tensions have erupted in the northern province of Jujuy after security forces aggressively broke up demonstrations against a recently approved constitutional reform which critics say limits rights of social protest. Local indigenous communities, picketers and left-wing parties de...

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Monday he would talk to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron about the "hardening" of the European Union's terms for a trade deal with South American bloc Mercosur. The veteran leftist made the comment in an interview as he pre...

Argentina defeated Australia 2-0 in a friendly match in Beijing on Thursday morning, with Chinese fans paying tribute to the captain Lionel Messi, who put on a show and opened the scoring after barely a minute for the world champions. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner curled in f...

US President Joe Biden discussed democracy, trade and climate change on Tuesday with Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Pou at the White House in an unannounced visit by one of Latin America’s last centrist leaders. In the meeting, Biden praised Uruguay as “a regional and global mode...

​​Donald Trump scowled, hunched his shoulders and barely opened his mouth in a Miami federal court on Tuesday, as he faced criminal charges in a scene that might have seemed unimaginable a few months ago.  Crossing and uncrossing his arms, and dressed in a dark suit and red tie, ...

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Monday Brazil has "concerns" over the European Union's efforts to add new environmental protections to the Mercosur trade deal. "Strategic partners should have a relationship of mutual trust, not mistrust and sanctions," Lula told a joint ...

Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister who reshaped Italy's political and cultural landscape while fending off multiple legal and sex scandals, died Monday aged 86. The billionaire media mogul had been suffering from a rare type of blood cancer. Mourners laid flowers and no...

Lionel Messi has yet to put pen to paper on his impending deal with Inter Miami but already massive interest in the Argentine's move is driving huge numbers in social media, ticket sales and more. Inter Miami's followers on instagram have quintupled since the former Barcelona gre...

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its staff are “working very hard” with Argentina to redraw the terms of the inflation-wracked country’s multi-billion-dollar debt deal and cope with the “very complex” economic situation it faces. Speaking during a livestream press confe...

Of three possible scenarios before him, Sergio Massa has decided to resign as economy minister in two of them.  He will decide in the next few days and this will depend on the Frente de Todos coalition’s electoral line-up and, of course, his place in that universe. There is an at...

About to turn 36, Lionel Messi could hang up his boots content that his glorious career is complete after he led Argentina to victory at last year's World Cup. The Barcelona legend has secured his legacy as the best of his generation and perhaps now sits on the podium of all-time...

Pope Francis underwent an operation on a painful abdominal hernia Wednesday, which was completed without complications but which revived concerns over the 86-year-old's increasingly fragile health. The Argentine pontiff had been admitted earlier in the day to the Gemelli hospital...

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva urged the world Monday to ensure British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira did not die in vain, at commemorations marking one year since their murder in the Amazon rainforest. In a case that caused ...

A French government official said Monday that the European Union and Mercosur want to "take their time" to ratify a trade deal on terms that "suit all parties." France’s foreign trade minister, Olivier Becht, delivered the remark about the two blocs in an interview with the AFP n...

Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s approval rating rose to the highest in a year after the former student protest leader said he will insist on tax increases to fund a long list of social programmes. Roughly 41 percent of people support Boric, up from 31 percent in the previous re...

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has started the month with good news on the judicial front: a federal judge on Monday decided to dismiss changes against her in a high-profile money-laundering and corruption case. Federal Judge Sebastián Casanello, acting upon a request filed by th...

Alejandro Werner was the director of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department between 2013 and 2021, a period during which the multilateral lender granted a record loan to Mauricio Macri’s government.  Although born in Buenos Aires, he grew up in Mexico whe...

The campaign has now entered the crunch month of June in which both alliances and candidates will be defined but not much in the way of definitions in these early days – only Jorge Macri as the sole PRO mayoral standard-bearer in this city. Macri’s nomination last Tuesday was a c...

Perhaps the main question facing international relations today is whether we continue to live in a multilateral world or whether an intensified Sino-American rivalry is morphing into a new version of the bipolar Cold War – in either case the constant Argentine attempt to have it ...

When confronted by dictators, democratic leaders can either berate them for behaving like the criminals most of them are or, while expressing some reservations about their way of doing things, do their best to get along with them for practical reasons. Were Venezuela rich and rel...

Celeste Saulo, the incoming head of the UN's weather and climate agency, said she would fight with a passion to combat climate change and its negative impacts on people's lives. In an interview with AFP, Saulo, who has run Argentina's Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (National Met...

The World Meteorological Organization voted Thursday for Argentina's Celeste Saulo to become its first woman leader and steer the WMO's critical global role in tracking climate change. Saulo, a WMO vice-president who has headed Argentina's national weather agency since 2014, won ...

Brazil’s economy leaped in the first months of 2023, lifted by bumper harvests that outweighed the drag of double-digit borrowing costs. Official data released on Thursday showed gross domestic product expanded 1.9 percent in the January-March period from the previous quarter, mu...

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Wednesday he had invited Pope Francis to visit Brazil, during a phone call in which they also discussed seeking peace in Ukraine and fighting poverty. The veteran leftist did not give a date for a possible trip by the Argentine p...

The World Meteorological Organization, which plays a critical global role in tracking climate change, chooses a new leader this week to turbocharge that work over the next four years. The Geneva-based WMO's role in climate change has become increasingly prominent and the new secr...

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met Monday with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, vowing a new era for a relationship that was severed under former leader Jair Bolsonaro. Considered a pariah in some quarters for his socialist government's alleged human-righ...

Key leaders from Argentina’s main opposition coalition strongly criticised President Alberto Fernández on Tuesday after he held a bilateral meeting with Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. During the talks, Fernández called for an end to international sanctions against Venezuela an...

The city of Belém on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon has been chosen to host the COP30 round of global climate talks in 2025, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced Friday. "I am convinced that it will be a great event... the world will love the people of the state of Par...

South American leaders meet in Brasília on Tuesday for what Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government is presenting as a "retreat" to revive integration in a region rife with ideological rifts and internal crises. With the exception of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, all the regio...

Nobody enjoys being treated with contempt by people who are obviously far smarter, so perhaps it is not surprising that some individuals who are accustomed to being regarded as the brightest around have taken to warning us of the dire dangers posed by Artificial Intelligence whic...

Argentina has not achieved consistent economic growth for over a decade and is suffering from runaway inflation exceeding more than 100 inflation. Some 18 million people live below the poverty line, with unemployment running at seven percent. But despite that troubled panorama, h...

Brazil must have a "louder voice" in world affairs, including a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, the United Kingdom's top diplomat said Wednesday. The "global balance of power" has shifted south, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly told a press conference in...

Argentina, one of the world’s fastest-growing lithium producers, says it could soon gain access to the US market. Argentina has been lobbying to get in on US President Joe Biden’s electric-vehicle drive. Landmark climate legislation, called the Inflation Reduction Act, features t...

Bolivia's President Luis Arce has asked Pope Francis for files on sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the country following revelations of alleged large-scale exploitation of children. Investigations are under way after confessions were found in the diary of a deceased ...

Argentina’s farmers need precipitation to arrive within the next three weeks to stand any chance of emerging from a disastrous drought that has shrivelled harvests and slashed agricultural exports. Growers in the heart of the Pampas region, the so-called ‘ ’, need fresh rain in t...

Argentina introduced a new larger denomination banknote on Monday, a concession to the runaway inflation that forces the population to carry ever growing stacks of cash to pay for everyday purchases. The new 2,000-peso note, formally put into circulation by the Central Bank, is w...

Heading into the G7 summit, the United States and its allies knew they needed to do more to win over global swing nations also courted by China and Russia. The weekend meeting in Japan showed they face a long road ahead.  The gathering in Hiroshima, the site of the first atomic b...

Banco Credicoop banker Carlos Heller, currently a deputy for the City of Buenos Aires, breaks down the reasons for accelerating inflation, pointing to distributive tussle and speculation as the main causes of price increases, along with the failure of businessmen to keep to their...

Football's future stars will meet in Argentina this weekend as the FIFA U-20 World Cup gets underway.  The latest heirs to footballing superstars like Lionel Messi and Neymar will show off their skills and competitive spirit in the return of a much-loved tournament that has been ...

European Union lawmakers visiting Brazil said Wednesday the country needs to show it is serious about protecting the environment and the Amazon rainforest to conclude a long-stalled EU trade deal with the Mercosur trade bloc. "The European side needs... a clear commitment and cle...

Brazilian-Argentine actor Juan Darthés has been acquitted in the first instance for the crime of rape against actress Thelma Fardín by a court in São Paulo, it emerged this week. The news, confirmed by defence lawyers for the accused, arrives five years after Fardín first accused...

More than half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are dwindling and placing humanity's future water security at risk, with climate change and unsustainable consumption the main culprits, a study said Thursday. "Lakes are in trouble globally, and it has implications far a...

Javier Milei, the libertarian candidate for president who has become a political sensation in Argentina, has a characteristically radical proposal for addressing the country’s runaway inflation, which reached almost 110 percent last month: Argentina should ditch its ever-shrinkin...

Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso, who is weathering impeachment proceedings in congress over alleged corruption, issued a decree Wednesday dissolving the legislature. The decree released by his office states that Lasso is "dissolving the National Assembly due to a grave polit...

What’s happening with neoliberalism? Its erstwhile champion, the United States, seems to be distancing itself from its free-market mantra, larding its climate policy with protectionist goodies while dismantling the WTO in favour of what national security advisor Jake Sullivan cal...

  Chilean Patagonia is known for its mountains and hiking paradise but it is also home to the largest continuous kelp forest in the world. Kelp forests are crucial for battling climate change by capturing carbon, regulating the sea's PH level, maintaining the structure of coasts ...

"It's politics, stupid," could be one of the phrases adopted by Sergio Massa, who now accuses electoral strategy of messing up the economy.  Argentina’s economy minister anticipated last week’s inflation data – 8.4 percent in April, the highest inflation figure since 2002 – by re...

Putting an end to speculation about her immediate political future, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner confirmed in an open letter on Tuesday that she will not be a candidate in the October elections. Argentina’s vice-president said in a lengthy missive published on her personal webs...

Turkey will hold a run-off vote to determine if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extends his time in power into a third decade.  Although Erdogan was leading the race by than two million votes, it wasn’t enough to secure more than 50 percent of the ballot and avoid a second round. ...

One constant of the current administration has been to prioritise the political and the judicial over the economic and the social, with this week a case in point – President Alberto Fernández evidently felt more comfortable fulminating against Supreme Court interference in provin...

Argentina’s political class and business leaders descended on the Alvear Icon Hotel in Puerto Madero on Tuesday for the annual AmCham Summit, with all eyes on the potential future occupants of the Casa Rosada in attendance. The event, which also celebrated 200 years of bilateral ...

Her grandfather defended native lands in the Brazilian Amazon with bows and arrows. Today, the weapon of choice for Txai Surui and many young indigenous activists like her is technology. The 26-year-old Brazilian is one of the stars of Web Summit Rio, the world's biggest annual t...

Charles III on Saturday finally met his date with destiny after a lifetime as heir to his late mother Queen Elizabeth II, as he was officially crowned king in the first coronation in Britain since 1953. At 12.02pm exactly (1102 GMT, 8.02am Buenos Aires), the Archbishop of Canterb...

Whether quiche for those in favour or kitsch for those against, the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey at noon sharp today was never to be ignored and nor was it by the British Embassy in Buenos Aires – hundreds of guests both fr...

The United States and Brazil pledged Wednesday to do more together to combat racism, with the Americas' most populous countries saying they again saw common cause after the exit of leaders who championed white grievances. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United N...

Historic change is afoot in the country boasting more reserves of an indispensable battery metal than any other. Chile is transforming its model for lithium extraction and production, with the government seeking majority stakes in new contracts with private companies. President G...

How worried should Washington be about China’s growing footprint in Latin America? The new crop of left-leaning governments in the region are keen on it growing further, excited about the prospect that the Asian giant could provide a viable economic development path, one which of...

With a fresh exchange rate crisis rocking the already shaky foundations of the country’s record debt deal, Argentina and the International Monetary Fund have confirmed they’re going back to the drawing board. Definitions differ exactly over to what extent the US$44.5-billion prog...

Argentina's volatile market dynamics are nothing new. Traders, analysts and even some government officials admitted last week that the country has run out of tools and that a Central Bank rate hike would be completely futile. In the days following the BCRA's 300 base point adjust...

Brazil and Spain said Wednesday they hope a long-delayed trade deal between the European Union and four Latin American nations can be finalised by the end of the year. The EU in 2019 reached a trade deal with the Mercosur trade bloc, comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uru...

Everything on Joe Biden's to-do list the day he took office as the oldest US president in history was difficult. One item though was nothing less than existential: bringing back together a nation split in two. Inheriting a once-in-a-century Covid pandemic, economic shutdown, and ...

In a forest in southern Chile, a giant tree has survived for thousands of years and is in the process of being recognised as the oldest in the world. Known as the " ," or "Great Grandfather," the trunk of this tree measuring four metres (13 feet) in diameter and 28 metres tall is...

Three-term Córdoba Province Governor Juan Schiaretti is assembling a new political grouping to transcend the grieta chasm. For the 73-year-old, overcoming polarisation is a fundamental condition if Argentina is to overcome years of decadence and change its productive mix.   In Có...

Last Tuesday’s resignation of chief presidential advisor Antonio Aracre, Southern Latin America CEO of the fertiliser giant Syngenta for a dozen years until entry into the government at the start of this year, confirms in the short term that President Alberto Fernández cannot pos...

The world's glaciers melted at dramatic speed last year and saving them is effectively a lost cause, the United Nations reported Friday, as climate change indicators once again hit record highs. The last eight years have been the warmest ever recorded, while concentrations of gre...

US President Joe Biden said he is committed to resolving the crisis in Venezuela, after Colombia's President Gustavo Petro asked for sanctions to be lifted on the far-left government in return for restoring democracy. In a joint statement following a meeting at the White House on...

The European Union is considering how to help Latin American producers meet new rules to decarbonise the economy as the two sides seek to seal a trade agreement. Mercosur countries — Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay — have expressed concerns about the impact of the Europea...

 US President Joe Biden is seeking US$500 million to bolster Brazil’s strategy to protect the Amazon, a gesture to his counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after recent tensions between both countries over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden will request the US Congress deliver ...

Forget about big North American and Swiss banks vanishing into thin air and threatening yet another wave of financial convulsions, the risk that the war in Ukraine could go nuclear, and the possibility (which allegedly worries those in the health business) that cunningly programm...

The world will cross the key 1.5-degree Celsius global warming limit in about a decade, the UN said Monday, warning that devastating impacts of climate change are hitting faster than expected. In the final instalment of a major series of reports, delivered in a crucial decade in ...

My grandfather in India only graduated from high school before beginning his career on a factory floor. My father studied engineering and then launched a small business. I was able to earn a doctorate in chemistry and now live in London working for a multinational. It’s a story o...

In international waters off the coasts of Chile and Peru, the ocean teems with plant and animal species -- some do not exist anywhere else and many are endangered. Urgently seeking to prevent biodiversity loss in these waters, Chile is pushing for a new marine protected area (MPA...

Argentina is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years. A new study finds that although climate change likely exacerbated the dry spell, it has not necessarily caused a decrease in rainfall. Scientists with World Weather Attribution (WWA) studied the drought in central South Ame...

Three months after crypto exchange FTX collapsed, Argentina’s government is weighing creating oversight requirements on crypto companies, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.  The country’s local regulator, known as the Comisión Nacional de Valores (CNV), is s...

The United States and Brazil will seek to reset ties this week when President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva travels to Washington to meet Joe Biden, both keen to turn the page on the Jair Bolsonaro years. Veteran leftist Lula, who took office for a third term last month after defeati...

At least 24 people have died and 979 injured in hundreds of forest fires whipped up amid a blistering heat wave in south central Chile, a senior government official said Saturday night. Deputy Interior Minister Manuel Monsalve said 232 wildfires were still active on Saturday, inc...

Various striking things happened on this day in history – ranging from the 1972 arrest of Argentina’s most psychopathic serial killer ever, Carlos Robledo Puch (capable of removing an accomplice’s face with a sandblaster when he suspected betrayal) to the start of the 1945 Yalta ...

False information about climate change flourished online over the past year, researchers say, with denialist social media posts and conspiracy theories surging after US environmental reforms and Elon Musk's Twitter takeover. "What really surprised us this year was to see a resurg...

This was supposed to be the comeback year for the world economy following the Covid pandemic. Instead, 2022 was marked by a new war, record inflation and climate-linked disasters. It was a "polycrisis" year, a term popularised by historian Adam Tooze. Get ready for more gloom in ...

Despite installing a capture system that operators of the Norte III landfill outside Buenos Aires said would limit methane seeping from the dump, new satellite observations suggest releases of the potent greenhouse gas from the site haven’t diminished. The detections highlight th...

For some people, the carnage in Ukraine is just an annoying distraction from their own priority: fighting climate change. To put this right, the technocrats who run the United Nations and other well-financed entities, often accompanied by young ladies who tearfully tell us they d...

The Brazilian former Central Bank chief vying to lead the top development lender for Latin America said the institution needs to overcome the region’s historic left-right political conflicts to address challenges from poverty to climate change. Ilan Goldfajn has an extensive care...

Brazil is seeking to return to the forefront of global climate negotiations in what’s likely to be the most visible foreign policy change under President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The 77-year-old leader has made the shift clear by choosing the United Nations Climate Change...

Farmers in Uruguay, which is emerging as a supplier of soybeans to giant export plants in neighbouring Argentina, are withstanding climate change through investments in technology to fight droughts. The harvest next year could reach about three million metric tons despite forecas...

Argentina is suffering the effects of a prolonged drought that has brought disruption to its agricultural sector, driven by the La Niña phenomenon, the weather pattern that tends to bring lower rainfall in the country’s key producing regions. With the region now appearing to ente...

After nearly a century of geopolitical tension over access to oil, experts worry that the global transition to clean energy is creating new dependencies on the critical minerals needed for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicle batteries. Control over most of these esse...

It is usually repeated, as if it were a chant, that 55 percent of the world's population currently lives in cities and that this percentage will increase to 70 percent by 2050. Even if correct, this statement is usually used as a mere description of the phenomenon, without proble...

Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta played host on Wednesday as hundreds of city leaders and government officials from across the world met in the nation's capital for the C40 World Mayors Summit to discuss international cooperation on climate change. "Argentina mus...

The image would indelibly mark President Jair Bolsonaro's term: the sky over São Paulo turning dark at 3pm as smoke from fires in the Amazon rainforest engulfed Brazil's biggest city. The black haze that travelled thousands of kilometres to the economic capital that day – August ...

To this day, it is not fully certain whether gas or oil will be found in the deep-water subsoils off Argentina’s coast. Even so, 13 companies have so far signed agreements with the government to explore and exploit a large area in the north of the nation’s waters, and another in ...

Britain's new King Charles III is a committed environmentalist with a long history of campaigning for better conservation, organic farming and tackling climate change, which is likely to sit well with more eco-conscious younger Britons.  Interspersed between photos of official me...

Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. She died "peacefully" at Balmoral this afternoon, said the palace. Her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately, according to centuries of protocol, beginning a new, less certain chapter f...

With global fears of food insecurity on the rise, a wind is blowing in favour of genetically-modified farming in Argentina.    GM crops, which have for years been heavily criticised by environmentalists, are benefitting from new technological developments and health and safety ...

Few book titles lend themselves more to this column’s slug of “And that reminds me” than the one supplying today’s headline and penned by William Henry Hudson, the centenary of whose death fell the day before yesterday. If independence hero José de San Martín (the anniversary of ...

At an otherwise uninspiring time at home and abroad, a festive atmosphere was brewing in Argentina in the first week of June, with two events competing for the public’s attention. The first, the national football team’s 3-0 victory over Italy that saw them lift the Finalissima tr...

A simple reallocation of the state subsidies currently granted to fossil fuel projects would be sufficient to finance Argentina’s transition to renewables, and help the nation reach carbon neutrality by 2050, research by the Universidad Nacional del Centro (UNICEN) in Buenos Aire...

Floods, heat waves and the longest drought in 1,000 years: Latin America is grappling with devastating climate change impacts that will only get worse, a World Meteorological Organisation report warned Friday. In its State of the Climate report for Latin America and the Caribbean...

Millions around the world could die due to the "food crisis" caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei said during a visit to Ukraine on Monday. Giammattei, who was invited to Ukraine by counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to view the damage caus...

Heat, drought and floods – made worse by climate change – decimated crops in Latin America in 2021, leading to thousands of people falling victim to food insecurity and impacting global markets, according to the latest report by the World Meteorological Organisation. Warming in L...

A punishing heatwave fuelling ferocious wildfires in western Europe pushed temperatures in Britain over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time on Tuesday and regional heat records tumbled elsewhere. After the UK's warmest night on record, the Met Office sa...

Hotter, longer, more frequent. Heatwaves such as the one currently roasting much of Europe, or the record-shattering hot spell endured by India and Pakistan in March, are an unmistakable sign of climate change, experts said Monday.  "Every heatwave that we are experiencing toda...

Deforestation surged 66 percent last year in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, according to a new report, compounding fears over the rampant destruction of the Amazon rainforest further north. The "Mata Atlântica," which stretches down Brazil's eastern coast, lost 21,642 hectares (53,479...

The boss of NetZero still can't believe his start-up has won a million-dollar prize from Elon Musk to improve ways of sucking climate-heating carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. "That'll fund a year of R&D (research and development)... or two-thirds of a factory," Axel Reinaud tol...

Argentina’s Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp., the farm technology company that’s trying to convince the world to eat genetically-modified wheat, is in talks with Buenos Aires craft beer maker Rabieta to brew the first-ever GM lager. The US-listed firm is moving to supply its HB4 whe...

Nine African heads of states attended Monday's opening session of the UN's COP15 talks to fight desertification and land degradation that have devastated large swathes of the continent amid climate change. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), 196 count...

There is an even chance that global temperatures will temporarily breach the benchmark of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in one of the next five years, the United Nations warned Tuesday. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change saw countries agree to cap global...

Decades of unsustainable agriculture have depleted soils worldwide and accelerated both global warming and species loss, according to the UN official spearheading efforts to reverse land degradation. Ibrahim Thiaw is the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertif...

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's government has responded to less than three percent of deforestation alerts, a sign that "impunity reigns" in the destruction of the nation's forests, an environmental monitor said Tuesday. MapBiomas, a consortium that uses satellite images to tr...

Huge swathes of tropical rainforest were burned or hacked down for cattle and crops last year, led by destruction in Brazil, researchers said Thursday, warning that climate change itself is making it harder to reverse the losses. Some 11.1 million hectares (27.5 million acres) of...

Climate change will drive animals towards cooler areas where their first encounters with other species will vastly increase the risk of new viruses infecting humans, raising the threat of another pandemic, researchers warned Thursday. There are currently at least 10,000 viruses t...

The world isn’t cutting greenhouse gas emissions with anything like the speed required to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, as the latest United Nations climate report published this month affirmed. Despite this, it’s become a trope of sorts to warn that we’re i...

Coinciding with Earth Day, hundreds of people marched in Buenos Aires on Friday to demand greater environmental protection policies. The protesters, mostly young people, gathered in front of Congress to petition lawmakers to pass laws to protect Argentina's wetlands, increase acc...

The British Embassy in Argentina has launched a new contest giving young women the chance to experience diplomatic work firsthand and join a network of female leaders from various countries. The “Ambassador for a Day” programme seeks to promote the inclusion of women in different...

The United States is seeking a strong declaration to coordinate on rising migration when Latin American leaders meet in Los Angeles in June, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. Blinken is paying a two-day trip to Panama to meet regional counterparts as record num...

Ecuador said Wednesday it had begun pumping oil from a third field located partly on a protected nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest. Extraction of 3,600 barrels per day started in the Ishpingo oil field which together with the nearby fields of Tiputini and Tambococha form th...

Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta has called for the free-trade deal between to the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc to be reignited and ratified. Describing Argentina's links with the EU as "fundamental," the opposition leader on Tuesday called for the ...

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner, Martín Guzmán’s mentor and, of late, the "Argentine Covid miracle" man, explains the incipient changes taking place within international financial institutions, while underlining his critique of them.  The influential economist and Columbia Un...

Fears over Argentina’s runaway price increases have been stoked once again after a new report estimated that inflation totalled 6.8 percent in March. The increase was driven by a surge in food prices, which rose nine percent last month, according to a survey by the UMET metropoli...

Not only do we have the tools to slash emissions and curb global warming by 2030, but half of available carbon-cutting options are cost-free or very cheap, UN climate experts say. There is no silver bullet, but a mosaic of actions – from ramping up solar and wind technology, to e...

When Gabriel Boric takes office on Friday at the age of 36, he’ll become Chile’s youngest ever president and the most left-wing in half a century. He also aspires to be one of the world’s greenest heads of state. Boric is in the vanguard of a new awareness across Latin America of...

Despite fears that the energy price shock unleashed by Russia's war in Ukraine will put climate ambitions on the back burner, the transition to green fuels is more relevant than ever to reduce dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.   As the United States imposes an embargo on Russia...

A crack widens in the San Rafael glacier in Chile's extreme south, and a ten-story iceberg crashes into the lake by the same name – a dramatic reminder of the impacts of global warming. In the lake San Rafael, about 100 icebergs float today, pieces broken off from the glacier tha...

The death toll from the flash floods and landslides that hit the picturesque city of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro state, has risen to 182 with 89 people still unaccounted for, authorities said on Tuesday. The tragedy took place on February 15 and has already become the deadliest in...

Fires fuelled by an unprecedented drought are ravaging hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in the northeastern province of Corrientes, causing heavy economic losses and serious environmental damage, according to government officials, farmers and environmentalists. The lates...

Vultures roam the sand in the Brazilian resort town of Atafona amid the ruins of the latest houses destroyed by the sea, whose relentless rise has turned the local coastline into an apocalyptic landscape. The Atlantic Ocean advances an average of six metres (nearly 20 feet) a yea...

Europe is seeking to expand its lithium mining and refining capacity and wean itself off imports as the "white gold" becomes a vital resource in the fight against climate change. Alongside nickel and cobalt, lithium allows electricity to be stored and transported, making them ess...

Approximately 700,000 users across Greater Buenos Aires suffered a lengthy power cut on Tuesday as temperatures hit sweltering highs, soaring above 40 degrees Celsius. Electricity distributors Edenor and Edesur said major power outages had taken place as demand for energy spiked,...

Environmental activists in Argentina are trying to prevent new oil exploration in the resource-rich South American nation just days after forcing a governor in Patagonia to reverse course on silver mining. The government has been lobbying the case for drillers to search for oil ...

Chilean scientists studying organisms in one of the most remote places on Earth are urging regional leaders to step up efforts to tackle climate change. A recent expedition, which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, sought to investigate harmful organisms and h...

The world economy is set to surpass US$100 trillion for the first time in 2022, two years earlier than previously forecast, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.  Global gross domestic product will be lifted by the continued recovery from the pandemic, alth...

The climate crisis has put the end of oil onto the agenda, but achieving that is a colossal task given the world economy's deep dependence on petroleum. "In 2021, several developments showed clearly that [the petroleum] industry doesn't have a future," said Romain Ioualalen at th...

In an era of climate crisis, and with a growing portion of international markets in search of guaranteed, verifiably sustainable food, Argentinian livestock farming is seeking to improve its productivity and traceability levels as a way to lessen its environmental impact. The nat...

As governments beavered away for two weeks at COP26 in Glasgow to finalise the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, campaigners outside the venue voiced deep frustration at progress they felt was too slow for those at the sharp end of incre...

A year before the World Cup in Qatar, Amnesty International Tuesday urged the energy-rich emirate to end abuses against migrant workers, many of whom built the tournament's infrastructure. "The daily reality for many migrant workers in the country remains harsh, despite legal cha...

Nearly 200 nations came together Saturday on a global deal to combat climate change after two weeks of painful negotiation, but fell short of what science says is needed to contain dangerous temperature rises. Rich countries stood accused of failing at the COP26 summit in Glasgow...

Pope Francis warned time was "running out" to save the planet while expressing regret at his absence from climate talks in Glasgow, in a letter published Thursday. The COP26 summit, he said in the letter to Catholics in Scotland, was "meant to address one of the great moral issue...

Holed up in her lab, Brazilian atmospheric chemist Luciana Gatti crunches her numbers again and again, thinking there is a mistake. But the same bleak conclusion keeps popping up on her screen: the Amazon, the world's biggest rainforest – the "lungs of the Earth," the "green ocea...

China and the United States on Wednesday announced a rare joint initiative to deliver enhanced climate action, Beijing's longtime climate envoy told the COP26 summit. "Both sides recognise that there is a gap between the current effort and the Paris Agreement goals so we will joi...

For more than two decades, promoters and purveyors of nuclear energy felt shunned at UN climate change conferences. At the COP26 summit underway in Glasgow, however, they have been welcomed with open arms, the UN's top nuclear regulator told AFP. The spectre of Chernobyl and Fuku...

President Alberto Fernández seems to share a predilection for work trips overseas with Mauricio Macri. Far from the turbulence and noise of the hand-to-hand political combat that occurs in Buenos Aires, the Peronist leader and his team could focus on delivering lofty speeches pro...

Argentina, one of the world’s most prominent defaulters, is pushing for a new way to service debt: instead of paying creditors with cash that’s in short supply in Buenos Aires, it wants them to recognise the country’s efforts to tackle climate change. “We need more flexibility to...

Despite its emissions reduction targets, Argentina is doubling down on hydrocarbon production. In addition to increasing fossil fuel subsidies, the government is moving forward on the expansion of a pipeline system to transport gas from the Vaca Muerta fields. “We can become an e...

The G20 major economies committed on Sunday to the key goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but some disappointed leaders warned more was needed to make a success of UN climate talks beginning in Glasgow. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the CO...

The Group of 20 came into its own during the 2008 financial crisis in order to avoid a global depression. It was a turning point that made clear that big decisions could no longer be taken without the fastest growing economies. Fast forward to now, and the leaders of the nations ...

US President Joe Biden said Pope Francis called him a "good Catholic" as they met Friday at the Vatican at the start of a European trip aimed at reasserting US international credentials. The meeting at the Vatican lasted more than an hour – longer than Biden's two predecessors we...

“All roads lead to Rome,” runs the old saying, and sure enough today finds President Alberto Fernández in the Italian capital for the G20 summit with Glasgow as tomorrow’s destination for the COP26 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. For the next few days the intense ele...

Over 25,000 government representatives, campaigners and members of the media will gather in Glasgow from October 31 to November 14 for the UN , with hopes of increasing ambition on climate action in line with the Paris Agreement. As the host country, the United Kingdom holds the...

Under fire for his environmental policies, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will skip climate talks in Glasgow next week and instead visit an Italian town awarding him honorary citizenship, Rome said Thursday. The president's provisional itinerary shows Bolsonaro will attend th...

President Jair Bolsonaro's government will pursue a confrontational negotiating strategy at the upcoming UN climate summit, renewing calls for other countries to pay Brazil to preserve the Amazon, the vice president said Monday. Vice-President Hamilton Mourão, an Army general who...

With seven days to go until global climate talks kick off in Glasgow, the noise of announcements and initiatives is growing louder. The chances of success remain decidedly mixed. First, the good news. Negotiators are making progress on one of the key goals of talks — setting out ...

COP climate talks were always going to be difficult: 200 countries in search of a plan to prevent catastrophic warming of the planet with time running out fast. The backdrop of terrifying weather events had brought a renewed sense of urgency to the matter. Then, the energy crisis...

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are rebounding across the G20 after a short period of decline due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Argentina and China projected to exceed their 2019 emissions levels, according to the  , an annual stocktake of G20 climate action.  In 2020, energy-re...

Few people have ever heard of the tiny country of Nauru. Even fewer ever think about what happens at the bottom of the world’s oceans. But that may soon change.  The seafloor is thought to hold trillions of dollars’ worth of metals, and this Pacific island nation is making bold m...

No country on Earth puts more breakfasts on kitchen tables than Brazil. The farms that dot the vast plains and highlands that rise above the Atlantic coast produce four-fifths of the world’s orange juice exports, half of its sugar exports, a third of coffee exports and a third of...

Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta met with former US president Bill Clinton on Sunday during his brief tour of the United States, just two days after meeting US Climate Envoy John Kerry. The Juntos por el Cambio leader and the former US president discussed the eco...

Germans vote in an election on Sunday that will mark the end of Angela Merkel's 16 years in power and the beginning of a rare period of unpredictability in Europe's top economy, with the race too close to call. The first chancellor not to seek re-election since 1949, Merkel's dec...

The OECD warned Tuesday of an "uneven" global economic recovery as it lowered its 2021 growth forecasts for the world and the United States while raising the outlook for Europe. The world economy has bounced back this year on the back of stimulus measures, the rollout of effectiv...

President Alberto Fernández has announced a new Cabinet in a bid to smother a political crisis that pitted him bitterly against his own vice-president after an electoral defeat in legislative primaries. The reshuffle came one day after Cristina Fernández de Kirchner wrote to the ...

President Alberto Fernández announced a new Cabinet on Friday in a bid to smother a political crisis that pitted him bitterly against his vice-president this week after an electoral defeat in legislative primaries. The reshuffle came one day after Vice-President Cristina Fernánde...

US President Joe Biden on Friday urged the world to bring its "highest" ambition to a UN summit on climate change in November, warning that the planet faces a tightening deadline. "We have to bring to Glasgow our highest ambitions. Those who have not yet done so, time is running ...

Animal farming accounts for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as plants grown for consumption, according to a study published Monday that mapped agricultural activities worldwide. What humans eat accounts for a major chunk of the emissions behind climate-change – transportat...

The Paraná, with the world’s 10th largest river basin, has dropped to its lowest levels in over half a century – an enigma as to whether the causes respond to a natural cycle or climate change with uncertain long-term effects. Second only to the Amazon in length in South America,...

Weather-related disasters have skyrocketed over the past half-century, causing far more damage even as better warning systems have meant fewer deaths, the UN said Wednesday. A report from the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) examined mortality and economic losses from...

According to scientific research projections, much of the provinces of Buenos Aires and Entre Ríos, along with numerous regions in Latin America, will be below sea level by the year 2100 as a result of climate change. “Global warming has raised the level of the sea by around 20 c...

An epochal new report from the world’s top climate scientists warns that the planet will warm by 1.5° Celsius in the next two decades without drastic moves to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution. The finding from the United Nations-backed group throws a key goal of the Paris Agree...

Latin America will be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the coming years, experiencing more pronounced changes in temperature, increasing precipitation and extreme weather events, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Cha...

Argentina plans to host a summit as soon as September to bring together leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean, according to people familiar with the matter, in an effort to build a united regional strategy to fight climate change at global talks in November. Preside...

In the United States, sales of meat at grocery stores are down by more than 12 percent from a year ago. In Europe, overall beef demand is predicted to fall one percent this year. And in Argentina, home to one of the world’s most carnivorous populations, per-capita beef consumptio...

The United Nations on Thursday recognised a new record high temperature for the Antarctic continent, confirming a reading of 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) made last year. The record heat was reached at Argentina's Esperanza research station on the Antarctic Penin...

Millions of people in western Canada and the northwestern United States were under heat alerts Wednesday as the region baked in record-breaking temperatures and police reported scores of deaths likely linked to the scorching conditions. The heat wave has stretched emergency servi...

A draft report from the UN's climate science advisory panel offers the most exhaustive look yet at how our warming planet will impact humankind's health, wealth and well-being.  AFP had exclusive access to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft, set to be publ...

Chile on Tuesday inaugurated Latin America's first-ever thermosolar energy plant, a vast complex dubbed Cerro Dominador in the Atacama desert that gives a boost to the country's quest for carbon-neutrality by 2050. In an area exceeding 700 hectares, 10,600 mirrors surround a 250-...

Almost 5,000 kilometres long, the Paraná is one of the longest lowland rivers in the world. Yet it has less and less water, prompting uncertainty among experts as to the causes of a phenomenon that hampers many of the river's biological and commercial functions.  Lower rainfall i...

As surely as the rains fall and flowers blossom, the Northern Hemisphere awakens every June to another, less inspiring rite of spring — a new peak level for global atmospheric carbon dioxide. This year, that number is 419 CO₂ molecules for every million molecules of air, aka part...

Today is the bicentenary of the Battle of Carabobo in the independence wars but for the planet at large it is (or should be) World Environment Day, as it has been for almost half a century now (since 1978). Worth a reminder because when the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic doe...

The world’s glaciers are shrinking at a faster rate than before, with densely-populated parts of Asia at risk of flood and water shortages if the trend continues. That’s the conclusion of a new study by ETH Zurich and University of Toulouse researchers, who found the world’s ice ...

State-run oil company YPF SA needs to come up with more than US$1 billion to spur drilling in Patagonia, where the firm is leading development of the biggest shale patch outside the United States. It’s not going to be easy. YPF restructured bonds last week to free up money to spe...

Argentine scientists have revealed that rising temperatures and diminished salinity have altered phytoplankton in the Antarctic, according to a study carried out at the Carlini base, the Universidad Nacional de La Matanza reports. "One week of increased temperatures already alter...

The global climate crisis has made the debate about the ways food is produced and consumed around the world ever more urgent, with agribusiness at its centre. In response, agroecology – a method that replaces chemical pesticides with bio-inputs and genetically-modified seeds with...

The storming of the US Capitol on January 6 underlines the extent of the challenge Donald Trump leaves to his successor, Joe Biden: to rebuild North American leadership globally and bridge the deepening divide between urban and rural areas in the United States. During Trump's ten...

Teenagers in some of the world’s top polluting nations are the strongest believers that global warming is an emergency, according to the largest-ever climate opinion poll. Globally, 69 percent of people under 18 years old believe climate change is an emergency, compared with 58 p...

Within hours of his inauguration on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden signed more than 12 executive orders, many of which focused on repairing the United States’ relationship with the international community.  Notably, in Biden’s first 24 hours in office, the United States rejoin...

There is a consensus which maintains that the Panama Canal divides the continent in two. To its north is what Washington calls its "backyard," in the strict sense, and south of that is the garden, the park extending a bit further from home. According to proximity, there are diffe...

A raging pandemic. An economic crisis. A nation divided. Deep racial wounds. Joe Biden has his work cut out for him as he prepares to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. "What's unique for Biden is not so much the fact of crisis, it's the number o...

President Alberto Fernández has reaffirmed Argentina’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, announcing that he is extended the country's goal regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. "Argentina reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement and adopts climate change as...

The government’s blanket ban on firing workers during the pandemic looks like it’s storing up more problems than it solves in what was already one of the world’s worst job markets. Argentina’s economy has an inflation rate around 40 percent, the Central Bank is perilously short o...

Most people know that land-dwelling dinosaurs were wiped out some 66 million years ago when an asteroid roughly twice the diameter of Paris crashed into Earth. If the explosive fireball didn't get them, the plunge in global temperature on a planet with little or no ice – caused b...

What happens in the US election on Tuesday will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world’s climate will likely get, experts say. The day after the presidential ballot, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change. A year...

France remains opposed to a free trade deal in its current proposed form between the EU and South American countries due to "major" concerns about deforestation in the region, the government said on Friday. The French government is to set out three demands for negotiations to con...

The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report. In the next five years, the world has nearly a one-in-four chance of experiencing a year that’s ho...

If everyone alive ate steaks and dairy the way Brazilians and Americans do, we would need an extra five planets to feed the world, according to the first report to compare the carbon emissions from food consumption in G20 nations, released Thursday. Among the world's top economie...

The coronavirus pandemic has altered international trade, undoubtedly hitting Argentine exports. However, Argentina’s most emblematic product, its famous beef, has straddled most of the difficulties – it continues to be the favourite of the markets. "Argentina has the advantage o...

Mother Nature has come to the rescue of the environment by showing her ugliest face. When the climate change prophets of gloom and doom insisted that modern consumer society was not sustainable in the long or perhaps not even medium term, hardly anybody listened seriously – now t...

The world is again undergoing an oil shock. Prices, already on a downward trend, have collapsed 30 percent in less than a week, bringing the total fall to   since highs in early January. Consumers, of course, can  , but the story is far more complicated than that. Having  , I see...

Wendy Morton MP, Britain's Minister for Europe and the Americas, arrived in Argentina on Monday, a day after attending Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Pou's inauguration in Montevideo.  The UK official was in Buenos Aires for a series of meetings, including face time with Deputy F...

At least five Latin American governments and several companies are considering debt sales to fund environmentally friendly projects in what is expected to be the region’s most active year for issuance of so-called green bonds since 2017. The governments of Mexico, Peru, Colombia,...

The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorologica...

One of the major news stories of the week was the acquittal of US President Donald Trump. As part of his effort to get Ukraine to probe a political rival, Trump withheld almost US$400 million in aid appropriated by Congress for Ukraine’s defense. Now Democrats say Trump is doing ...

ECB president Christine Lagarde was more upbeat Thursday about risks to the eurozone economy, and insisted climate change would be central to a rethink of the institution's goals and methods. Risks to the euro area "remain tilted to the downside, but have become less pronounced a...

From big tech to big oil, global corporations in all sectors are churning out climate action plans to reduce carbon footprints but many of these seemingly ambitious pledges are more greenwashing than green, experts caution. At Davos' annual conclave of the rich and powerful, "it ...

In Argentina's famed wine-producing province of Mendoza, protests have erupted over the alteration of a law that protected water systems and blocked mining projects in the region. In recent days thousands of protestors gathered outside of the Provincial Legislature to reject Frid...

The swimsuit-clad tourists leap into the icy water, gasping at the shock, and startling a gaggle of penguins. They are spectators at the end of the world, luxury visitors experiencing a vulnerable ecosystem close-up. And their very presence might accelerate its demise. Antarctica...

With all eyes on Argentina’s presidential election and the country’s ongoing economic turmoil, there’s another area that has faced its own crisis during the Mauricio Macri administration: the environment. Record yields of soy and a boom in beef sales have been accompanied by the ...

Slowing the planetary march toward climate catastrophe—and the multitrillion-dollar investment required to do it—has become a central issue of global and national debate. But there’s the equally expensive matter of dealing with the here and now: From historic wildfires to unprece...

The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's condition report, which is updated every five years, is the late...

Time is running out. There are now less than a dozen years left if Earth to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5ºC. Even half a degree beyond that will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people across the wor...

Sandra Myrna Díaz, a prominent Argentine biologist working on how plants can help fight climate change, has won Spain's Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific Research. A second US biologist, Joanne Chory, was also honoured with a  from the Spanish foundation for her own pion...

  Nearly half of the glaciers in World Heritage sites will disappear by the end of this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, a report said Tuesday, with a severe warning issued for the Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz Province. Argentina's famous natio...

Earth's glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America. The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses ...

President Mauricio Macri today declared Argentina should think global but act local after meeting with representatives from more than 30 cities across the world at the Casa Rosada. The leaders were in the capital for this year's Urban 20 summit, an initiative on sustainable urban...

With global temperatures now more than one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, climate change and its already visible effects are quickly becoming a new reality across the globe, pushing countries toward ambitious targets, seeking to reduce their emissions and implement a...

Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report has found. The annual State of the Climate Report, compiled by more than 450 scienti...

Fish stocks may run out by 2048 and more than half of Africa's bird and mammal species lost by 2100 unless drastic measures are taken, according to four comprehensive reports released in Medellin. Up to 90 percent of Asia-Pacific corals will suffer "severe degradation" by 2050, w...

A report released this week concluded that extreme weather, exacerbated by climate change, caused economic losses in the United States of approximately US$240 billion per year in the past decade. In 2017 alone, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, along with 76 wildfires across ni...