By Suzy Mage and Guy Edwards

Chile's LAN airline recently took over Brazil’s TAM, creating LATAM – the world's second largest airline by market value. This merger reflects the impressive growth in Latin America’s aviation sector which is expected to see air passenger numbers almost triple by 2030. Given the rapid rise of aviation’s contribution to global carbon emissions, the connection between air travel and climate change in Latin America and other developing regions cannot be ignored.

By Ana Karine Pereira* The Belo Monte dam will be constructed in the Xingu River basin in the state of Pará.The Xingu is one of the Amazon’s two principal tributaries and includes 14% of Brazil’s hydroelectric potential. The dam will be placed on the Big Bend of the Xingu, where there is a 96 meter fall in water level. Belo Monte will be located close to Altamira and the Transamazon highway, in an area characterized by native forest, fishing, and agriculture.

By Guy Edwards and Kelly Rogers*

  Since the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Arturo Valenzuela, announced his plans to retire this summer via Twitter, commentators debate who should replace him and whether this change presents an opportunity to alter the Obama Administration’s policies in the region. The Inter-American Dialogue invited four of Dr. Valenzuelas predecessors to share what qualities his successor will need. However, all but one failed entirely to mention the issues of climate change, clean energy, resource scarcity and green growth.
Sunday, 12 June 2011 12:41

Solar Fuel

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WindPower Mexico, a two-day conference designed to bring together stakeholders, market leaders, and potential investors in wind energy development in Mexico, takes place today and tomorrow in Mexico City. The forum features presentations by wind developers, utilities operators, policy makers, and representatives from major international financial institutions.
In Santiago, Chile, President Barack Obama was unequivocal about the urgency of tackling climate change and embracing a more secure and sustainable energy future in the Americas.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:48

A Call for Renewable Energy in Brazil

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Friday, 10 December 2010 09:29

How Small Farms (Might) Survive Climate Change

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By Adam Kotin, Brown University Latin American farmers are already feeling the effects of climate change in big ways. They are on the frontlines of seasonal shifts and extreme weather events, facing head-on the slew of dangers that these bring. And, as is the case with most climate change effects, the impacts are not equally distributed. Smaller-scale farms have fewer resources to protect themselves from the devastation that even a single storm can bring. Even more crucially, they have less financial security to fall back on in case that devastation does occur.

Tierramérica reports on Honduras’s growing interest in developing its renewable energy sector:

In the next two months Honduras is launching several renewable energy products that could save the country 87 million dollars and improve the operations of the government's national electrical energy agency.

Through bids for production of 450 megawatts from renewable sources, the Honduran government aims to reduce its imports of fossil fuels, for which it currently spends about one billion dollars a year.

The projects are situated in different regions of the country and for the first time will involve the participation of small energy producers, backed by the government and international cooperation.

According to deputy environment minister Mauricio Reconco, Honduras has strong potential in renewable energies that should be developed in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


1. Population - 6,968,700

2. GDP - $8 billion

3. Honduras Total Energy Supply 2002 (CEPAL, 2004): Oil – 49.4%, Renewables – 42.4%, Coal – 2.8%, Non-sustainable Woodfuel – 4.3% and other non-renewables – 1.0%

4. Honduras is a signatory state to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which was established in January 2009. IRENA aims to become a driving force for promoting the rapid transition towards the sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale.

5. Honduras was home to the first small-scale Clean Development Mechanism project in the world, a 13-MW hydro plant called Río Blanco. This project and another small hydro called La Esperanza were the first projects to be issued Certified Emission Reductions in 2005.

6. Honduras has enormous hydro potential with an estimated 4,534 MW of developable large and small hydro.

7. There are some excellent wind sites with wind speeds averaging 7-8 m/s.