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Economy depends on environment, WWF warns Brazil's Bolsonaro

Bras - If Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro wants to make good on his promise to reboot the economy, he should stop his attacks on the environment, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Bolsonaro's vision for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised in his victory speech Sunday to "change Brazil's destiny," after campaigning on a hardline law-and-order platform.

Former Guatemalan vice president jailed for corruption

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala City on Tuesday sentenced former vice president Roxana Baldetti to 15 years in prison for corruption after a trial lasting four months.

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

World Bank warns of Latin America's 'fragile' recovery

Washington - The World Bank on Friday expressed concern over the "fragile" economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, weighed down by Venezuela's spiraling crisis and weak performances in Brazil and Argentina.

Chile launches immense scenic route connecting 17 national parks

Santiago - Chile is launching a huge scenic route through its Patagonian wilderness in a bid to attract tourism and highlight the need for conservationism in the sparsely-populated region.The Patagonian "Route of Parks" connects 17 national parks covering 11.

Mexico ranch helps American bison make a comeback

Mexico - Hundreds of years ago, the American bison roamed freely across the widest natural range of any herbivore on the continent -- a vast habitat extending from northern Mexico across the United States to Alaska, and Canada.

California blazes threaten populated areas

Lake Elsinore - Authorities battling massive wildfires in large swathes of California issued mandatory evacuation orders and health warnings Friday over the worsening air quality as the flames grew ever closer to populated areas.

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Santiago - Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.

Chile restricts tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Tourists wishing to travel to Easter Island can now only stay a maximum of 30 days, after local authorities implemented Wednesday a measure to regulate population growth threatening the remote Chilean territory's environmental sustainability.

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century.

Forest fire threatens California's fabled Yosemite

Los Angeles - A vast fire in northern California has destroyed 50 km2 (more than 12,000 acres), left one person dead and is threatening Yosemite National Park, authorities said Tuesday.

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 bln damages ruling against Chevron

Quito - Ecuador's highest court upheld in a ruling released Tuesday a $9.5 billion damages award against oil giant Chevron over decades of pollution that harmed indigenous people.

Chilean court ratifies plastic bag ban after appeal

Santiago - Chile's constitutional court has ratified a bill to ban the use of plastic bags in business, paving the way for it to become the first South American country to do so.

UNESCO marks Colombian national park for conservation

Manama - Colombia's massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday."Congratulations," the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization announced on Twitter.With an area of ​​2.

Peruvian Amazon undergoing deforestation at accelerating pace: official

- The Peruvian Amazon lost nearly two million hectares (five million acres) of forest between 2001 and 2016, or more than 123,000 hectares (300,000 acres) a year, figures made public Tuesday by the ministry of the environment.

Chile court offers lifeline to controversial mine project

Santiago - A Chilean court on Friday offered a lifeline to a controversial billion-dollar mining project which had been put on hold over its planned location near a reserve which is home to a rare species of penguin.

Beached whale dies despite rescue efforts at Argentina resort

Buenos Aires - A whale that ran aground on a beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina's biggest seaside resort, has died despite rescue efforts to get it back into the sea.

Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murder

La Esperanza - Honduran authorities said they have arrested an energy company executive allegedly behind the high-profile 2016 murder of prominent environmental activist Berta Caceres.

Chile's Bachelet unveils massive marine parks in legacy move

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has unveiled protections for a huge oceanic area home to incredibly diverse marine life, in a move to boost her legacy two weeks before leaving power.

Chile boosts protected parkland with US philanthropist's donations

Santiago - Chile is greatly expanding protected parkland in its stunning southern Patagonia region under a decree signed Monday that will incorporate reserves owned by a late American philanthropist who founded the North Face label.

Rare giant lily pads draw impressive crowds to Paraguay lagoon

Asunci - An off-the-beaten-path corner of Paraguay has become a tourist attraction this month as visitors flock to see a rare delight floating on a hidden lagoon: giant round water lilies spanning over 1.5 meters (five feet).

Scramble for survivors as quake flattens Mexico City buildings

Mexico - When the earthquake hit, it sent panicked people running into the street but many weren't so lucky. The dust settled minutes later to reveal a landscape of flattened buildings and rubble in the heart of Mexico City."Awful.
 

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