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2021

December

Drought and Hydropower along the Paraná

Thursday, December 16, 2021
In the Paraná River Basin of South America, particularly in southeastern Brazil, drought has put a strain on power systems that rely heavily on hydroelectric generation. The lights are still on, but reservoirs have reached perilously low levels, energy prices have gone up, and fossil fuel consumption is on the rise.   In September, Brazilian […]

Youth and Climate Action

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Young people are making their voices heard loud and clear on the urgency of tackling climate change. But they’re not just protesting in the streets. Many are channeling their energy toward climate-related projects or careers. Some are even leading climate negotiations.   “Activism is not only in the streets,” said María Alejandra Téllez, co-founder of […]

November

Urgent Pleas from Glasgow: “Try Harder”

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
As the international climate conference got underway last week in Glasgow, Scotland, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados spoke in powerful moral terms about the need to limit global warming. Her message was clear and straightforward: “Try harder.”   Mottley urged countries to close critical gaps related to mitigation, adaptation, and finance in order to […]

Four Countries Step Up Ocean Protection

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Ocean conservation got a boost at COP26 when the presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama announced plans to expand their countries’ protected waters and create a new interconnected reserve to jointly protect a vast ecosystem teeming with marine life.    In a declaration signed in Glasgow, Scotland, the four Latin American leaders committed […]

October

Iván Duque: Latin America Should Compete on Sustainability

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
What does it mean for a country or a region to be competitive? It shouldn’t just mean that it’s the cheapest place to produce something, says Colombian President Iván Duque; after all, that seemingly low-cost production can come at great cost to the environment. Instead, Duque is calling on Latin America and the Caribbean to […]

Humanizing the Energy Transition

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
When the COP26 global climate conference kicks off later this month in Glasgow, Scotland, the eyes of the world will focus on how countries and cities and companies plan to implement the energy transition and get to net zero. As important as it is to have these high-level targets and commitments, the conversation about energy […]

September

Low-Carbon Concrete: A Vital Challenge for Decarbonization

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The average school or apartment building or skyscraper positively hums with energy, as occupants turn on air conditioners, fire up furnaces, or power an array of appliances, machines, and devices. All that activity emits a lot of carbon, of course, which is why improving energy efficiency is so important. But a less visible source of […]

Road to COP26: Region’s Leaders Discuss Climate Action in the Americas

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Fewer than two months ahead of the global climate conference known as COP26, countries from across Latin America and the Caribbean vowed to step up their climate ambition even as they struggle to recover from a punishing pandemic. Economic recovery and climate action must go hand in hand, they stressed, and developing countries need creative […]

August

Panama: A Hub for an Inclusive, Just Energy Transition

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Panama is uniquely situated as a hub—for maritime transport, first and foremost, but also for air travel, banking, and other financial and logistical services. It seems only natural, then, for the country to become a hub of the energy transition, says National Energy Secretary Jorge Rivera. Both domestically and on the international front, Panama wants to bring people together not only to embrace clean energy but also to ensure that the transition to a new energy economy leaves no one behind. That will be a central message in February when the country hosts the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which will focus on “Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions.”

Indigenous Lands and Energy: Changing the Narrative 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
What does it mean for an energy transition to be just? A company called Navajo Power is reaching for that goal as it works to develop solar energy projects on tribal lands with a long history of energy injustice. It’s not simply about replacing fossil fuels with clean energy, a Navajo Power executive says, but about rethinking unfair arrangements that have allowed outside companies to reap most of the profits from energy while leaving local communities to suffer the detrimental impacts.

July

National Parks in a Changing Climate

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
For millions of people across the Americas and around the world, a vacation often means a visit to a national park. These are special spaces that countries have set aside for preservation or conservation with the goal of protecting them for future generations. But what happens when climate change starts to fundamentally alter these protected areas? How will that change the experience for visitors, and is there anything that the stewards of these priceless resources can do about it?

Road to Recovery for a National Park in Dominica

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Nearly four years ago, Hurricane Maria dealt a heavy blow to the Nature Island of the Caribbean, as Dominica calls itself. The storm slammed into the island with Category 5 ferocity, causing dozens of deaths, leveling structures, uprooting trees, and stripping the leaves off of those still standing. Fast-forward to today, and Dominica is as green as ever. From a distance, a forestry official says, the forests in Morne Trois Pitons National Park look much as they did pre-Maria. But step a little deeper into the trees and it’s clear that nature will need more time to fully recover.

June

Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
For indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and across the globe, climate change is not some future abstract threat but an everyday reality that is already taking a heavy toll on their lands and livelihoods. It’s time for the rest of the world to pay attention, several indigenous leaders said recently, and to learn from the traditional knowledge of indigenous communities about how to take better care of the planet.

A New Energy Sector Emerges in the Region

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
A growing number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are gearing up to produce clean hydrogen, driven by their abundant renewable energy resources, the need to decarbonize their economies, and the huge potential for hydrogen exports. Just how far along is the region’s nascent hydrogen sector? A new Hydrogen Economy Index found a lot of activity, with plenty of room to grow.

May

A Call to Greater Climate Ambition

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
On Earth Day, leaders from around the world came together virtually at the White House to reaffirm the urgency of ramping up ambition on climate action. President Joe Biden, who unveiled new U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement, urged his counterparts to see the climate crisis as not just an existential threat but also an unparalleled opportunity. “When people talk about climate,” he said, “I think jobs. Within our climate response lies an extraordinary engine of job creation and economic opportunity ready to be fired up.”

The Climate Price Tag

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
One thing that is crystal clear about global action on climate change is that it will require a staggering amount of money. Where is that going to come from—especially now, when economies around the world are struggling to recover from the pandemic? United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres believes economic recovery and climate action must go hand in hand.

April

Uprooted by Climate Change

Thursday, April 08, 2021
The “push” and “pull” factors that lead people to migrate are many and multilayered, but one factor gaining increased attention is climate change. Natural disasters, such as the two powerful hurricanes that hit Central America last November, can be the final straw compelling people to pull up roots and seek a better future elsewhere.

Change of Direction on Energy Reform in Mexico

Thursday, April 08, 2021
Mexico’s Congress has passed a new Electricity Industry Law, reversing course on reforms that in recent years had opened up the energy sector to more competition and private investment. While it’s not clear whether the new law will survive legal challenge—it was stayed by a judge almost immediately—its passage has raised concerns that extend beyond Mexico’s electricity industry.

March

Power Failures in an Energy Powerhouse

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Texas produces far more energy than any other U.S. state, so the idea that millions of its residents could be shivering in the cold and dark for days on end may once have seemed unimaginable. But that’s what happened, of course, when a deep freeze in mid-February set off a cascading energy crisis that led […]

In the Bullseye of Two Hurricanes

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
The two massive hurricanes that lashed Central America last November—Eta and Iota—upended the lives of millions of people in the region. As part of an ongoing series on the fallout, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) looks at Nicaragua’s northeastern Caribbean coast, where the eyes of both hurricanes made landfall just two […]

February

Getting Carbon Out of Buildings

Thursday, February 11, 2021
An energy technology company called BlocPower hopes to do for buildings on a large scale what Tesla is doing for automobiles. “You have to take fossil fuels out of the buildings, just like we have to take them out of cars,” said Donnel Baird, CEO of the Brooklyn, New York-based startup. “There’s just no way to deal with climate change otherwise.”

Strengthening Resilience: A Tiny Island Begins Rebuilding after Iota

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Last November, as an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season was coming to a close, two powerful storms brought death and devastation to several countries, most of them in Central America. Over the next few months, this newsletter will look at how some of the areas in the paths of Eta and Iota are faring. The first stop on this journey is a small Caribbean island called Providencia, part of Colombia’s Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. Winds from Hurricane Iota—the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Colombia—began to slam into the island during the night of November 15, leveling structures, ripping off roofs, and knocking down concrete electric poles. With the recovery process now underway, the Colombian government wants to build back better and put the island on track toward zero emissions.

January

Ramping Up Climate Action

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Photo: Susan Welsh/AP In the weeks since he won the U.S. election, President-elect Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends not only to rejoin the Paris Agreement—“on day one of my presidency”—but also to make climate action a focus across both domestic and foreign policy. That change in U.S. priorities, several energy and […]

A High-Profile Climate Team

Thursday, January 14, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden has assembled a prominent team—subject to Senate confirmation—to spearhead climate efforts at home and abroad. The administration plans to take an “all of government” approach to combating climate change, one that involves not just the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Department of Energy, for example, but also Agriculture and Treasury and […]

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