Tag Archives: Latin America

What You Should Know About Latin America and the Caribbean’s Clean Energy Markets

In October, the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) held its fifth finance summit, a gathering of industry professionals focusing on market opportunities, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions to complex energy challenges. The pressing specter of climate change was not lost on the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable … Continue Reading ››

Argentina’s Renewables Reboot: The Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Unknown

There’s a palpable feeling of excitement and renewed vigor whenever Argentina’s economy is discussed nowadays. What does this mean for the country’s renewable energy sector? Argentina is entering a new phase of political and economic reform. Recently elected President Mario Macri’s moves to court international investor and business communities have struck the right notes, and Argentina-related … Continue Reading ››

Who Will Pay for Central America’s Climate Change Losses?

Central America has consistently been rated as one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. The region is highly exposed to geoclimatic hazards because of its two surrounding oceans, its position in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms, the endemicity of tropical diseases, its vulnerability to droughts during El Niño years, and its … Continue Reading ››

Greater Flexibility and Integrated Action Bring “Cautious Optimism” to Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

I recently participated in the Latin American Carbon Forum (LACF) in Santiago, Chile, speaking about how climate-enabling technology transfer is being articulated in small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America. My experience at the event highlighted a trend in multi-party engagement that is broad and encouraging for the prospect of a positive outcome at … Continue Reading ››

Water-Energy Nexus in Latin America: Climate Change and Hydropower Vulnerability

Climate change impacts on water resources are increasingly affecting the vulnerability of global hydropower generation. Higher temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering evaporation, river flow, rainfall patterns, frequency of extreme weather, and glacial melting rates. These effects are compounded by the expected increased water demands for economic and population growth, resulting in greater reduction … Continue Reading ››

Financing Climate-Conscious Investments in Latin America, Post-Lima

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015. Building on the Lima Call for Climate Action, these summits have the important objective of creating functional and market-based mechanisms to achieve … Continue Reading ››

Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected

Although the proportion of people experiencing chronic hunger is decreasing globally, one in nine individuals still does not get enough to eat. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 805 million people were living with undernourishment (chronic hunger) in 2012–14, down 209 million since 1990–92 (Figure 1). Continue Reading ››