Is Pinera Impairing Chile’s Leadership on Climate Change?

A climate protest rally in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
A climate protest rally in Santiago, Chile, Sept. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
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After nearly a decade of effort, Latin America is on the verge of realizing its first regional environmental treaty. The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, better known as the Escazu Agreement, has 24 signatories, 10 of which have ratified it—just one less than is needed for it to enter into force. Curiously though, Chile, one of the countries that spearheaded negotiations over the pact, is missing from the list of signatories, an omission that calls into question its mostly positive record on addressing climate change. Negotiations […]

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