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Chile’s “Sacrifice Zones” – Geographical

The Chilean President collected a prize for his commitments to tackling climate change this September, then almost as he stepped off the stage appeared to backtrack on his promise to close coal plants that leave children excreting blood in the coastal sacrifice zones.  The day the socio-economic riots began in Chile, I headed to Quintero to meet the people affected by the President’s environmental hypocrisy. 

Read the story for Geographical magazine. 

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Sidestepping industrial greenwashing at COP25 / DeSmog

Mayor Arturo Aguirre at this Friday’s Social Summit for Climate Action launch in Los Cerrillos, Santiago ©Matt Maynard

This August I covered the launch of the citizen led movement to mount an alternative Conference of the Parties this December in Santiago. 

You can read my analysis for DeSmog here (opens in new tab)

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Analysis of Chile’s Decarbonisation / Reuters

SANTIAGO, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chile’s new climate change plan, unveiled by President Sebastian Piñera this week, puts the host of this year’s U.N. climate conference on track to play its part in meeting globally agreed goals to limit warming of the planet, researchers said.

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The bike raid that time forgot / Red Bull

This March I sneaked down into the Araucanía region of southern Chile. It’s a land of crushing waterfalls, hanging glaciers, splurging volcanoes and ancient rainforest. The trails are stalked by pumas and the skies are patrolled by 3 metre wingspan condors. 

There was a bike raid too – FireFlies Patagonia. I shared the story and photos with Red Bull. (Some excellent shots too from my friend Xisco Fuster!) 💥

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