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2023

January

Biodiversity in Crisis

Monday, January 30, 2023
In just a few weeks, the United Nations will mark the 50th anniversary of a landmark treaty designed to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of the world’s wild animals and plants. The milestone comes at a time of increasing global awareness that nature is in trouble.   UN Secretary-General António Guterres […]

Climate and Energy at the North American Leaders’ Summit

Monday, January 30, 2023
From electric vehicles to critical minerals to clean hydrogen, Canada, Mexico, and the United States found plenty of common ground on climate and energy at the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) held shortly into the new year. That’s good for the relationship and good for the planet, several panelists said at a recent forum.   […]

2022

December

Paying for Climate Change

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
How can developing countries foot the massive bill for climate action? As several Caribbean and Latin American leaders said at last month’s global climate conference in Egypt, the answer cannot be simply more debt.   One major problem: the cost of capital. Countries in the Global North typically borrow at interest rates of between 1% […]

Protecting the Amazon Region

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
At the recent global climate conference in Egypt, Colombian President Gustavo Petro called for renewed cooperation across the Americas to protect the Amazon and announced that his country would allocate $200 million annually for the next 20 years toward that effort.   “We are determined to revitalize the Amazon rainforest,” he said during a public […]

November

Critical Minerals and Critical Concerns

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
What do solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicle batteries have in common? Besides contributing to a green economy, they all rely on critical minerals that must be mined. This means that the mining industry has a key role to play in the global energy transition. But pressure is growing for mining to become greener, […]

The Billion Agave Project

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Agave is best known as the source of tequila, but a project in central Mexico aims to make this ubiquitous plant useful around the world for its ability to regenerate the soil, retain water, and capture carbon.   An organization called Vía Orgánica—based in San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato—is working with […]

October

Clean Hydrogen Gaining Ground

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Chile, Colombia, and Brazil have made the most strides so far in developing a hydrogen economy in Latin America, but they are hardly alone.   The Second Latin America & Caribbean Hydrogen Economy Index (H2LAC Index 2022)—a tool first introduced last year to track progress in this burgeoning industry—showed a significant increase in activity across […]

Ups and Downs in the Energy Transition

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
The transition to clean energy is happening, but not without some setbacks along the way, according to high-level energy officials from four countries, who spoke at an event organized by the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).   The event, titled “Strategies to accelerate the energy transition in Latin America,” featured officials from […]

September

A Growing City and a Growing Thirst for Water: Lessons from Monterrey

Monday, September 26, 2022
One of Mexico’s largest metropolitan areas has been grappling this summer with a severe water shortage. Now, faced with the likelihood that climate change will only bring more droughts in the future, local, state, and federal officials are trying to become better prepared.   The crisis in Monterrey—the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo […]

Avoiding Water Bankruptcy

Monday, September 26, 2022
To keep a healthy bank balance, it’s important not only to have enough deposits coming in but to limit the amount of money going out. That’s a simple but useful analogy for thinking about water—especially at a time of tightening supply, according to water expert Brian Richter.   As with money, the timing of the […]

August

Heat and Human Health

Saturday, August 27, 2022
A scorching summer across North America and Europe this year has provided a stark reminder that a warming climate can have severe consequences not only for the environment but for human health. As hot days become hotter and more frequent, the harmful effects on the human body are only expected to intensify—especially in highly urbanized […]

Dominican Republic: Focusing on Renewables

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Prices are high for oil, natural gas, and coal—all the more reason to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. That is a growing priority for the Dominican Republic, which takes the helm of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) for the next two years.   The Dominican Republic still generates most of […]

July

Racing to Curb Methane Emissions

Friday, July 29, 2022
If reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a marathon, the task of cutting methane emissions is a sprint, said Marcelo Mena, CEO of the recently established Global Methane Hub. Mitigating methane, he said, “will help us cool the world this decade.”   Methane is what is known as a short-lived climate pollutant. On the minus side, […]

From the Ocean, a Cure for Cow Burps

Friday, July 29, 2022
A cow grazing placidly in a field might as well be a gas-guzzling vehicle, given the quantity of methane it belches out during the digestive process. But a species of seaweed may hold the answer to that particular emissions problem—if scientists and entrepreneurs can figure out a way to produce enough of it.   The […]

June

U.S.-Caribbean Partnership on Climate

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden said he wants to “intensify the relationship with the Caribbean,” including through the new U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030.   Vice President Kamala Harris officially launched the initiative—called PACC 2030 for short—during a meeting with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic held at the […]

Climate Crisis in the Spotlight

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
The Ninth Summit of the Americas, held recently in Los Angeles, brought to light plenty of disagreements and divisions—starting with the much-publicized controversy over the invitation list—but the need for climate action was one area where the region’s presidents and prime ministers found much common ground.   “We have three global crises, and any one […]

May

Escazú: A Call to Action on the Environment

Tuesday, May 03, 2022
One year after the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement—a regional treaty designed to protect the environment and those who defend it—Chilean President Gabriel Boric called for urgent joint action to confront the climate crisis. “Either we save ourselves together or we sink separately,” he said, “and I believe that the Escazú Agreement points […]

Lingering Uncertainty in Mexico’s Energy Sector

Tuesday, May 03, 2022
In Mexico, the legislature has blocked the latest attempt by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reverse course on energy reforms enacted under the previous administration. But the outlook for the country’s electricity industry remains uncertain.   Two developments in April, which took place just 10 days apart, marked the latest twists and turns in […]

April

From Intermittency to Stability with Green Hydrogen

Thursday, April 28, 2022
Solar and wind are clean, renewable sources of energy, yet they are available only intermittently. But what if they could be turned into a stable supply of electricity? A French energy company is developing several projects in the region to do just that, with the help of green hydrogen.   HDF Energy—the acronym stands for […]

The Persistent Challenge of Access to Clean Cooking

Thursday, April 28, 2022
In much of the world—including parts of the Americas—cooking indoors over an open fire is still a common practice, one that causes serious harm to the environment and to human health. Why is access to clean cooking such a seemingly intractable challenge? And why doesn’t it get more attention?   Like access to electricity, access […]

March

War and Oil: The Impacts of Soaring Prices

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Oil prices have hit their highest levels in years—a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—and the repercussions are already being felt across the Americas. The region’s oil producers will benefit, but for many countries and consumers, it’s yet another reminder of the high cost of dependence on imported energy.   If climate change wasn’t motivation […]

A Double Transition in Suriname

Monday, March 21, 2022
Suriname is the most densely forested country in the world, and it is all in on the transition to renewable energy. It is also on the cusp of a major oil boom. How will the country manage the transition to an oil-based economy and a green energy economy at the same time?   Surinamese President […]

February

Transforming Energy Systems—and People’s Lives

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
The energy transition can be a powerful engine of economic recovery that helps to drive a more just and inclusive society. That was one of the central messages of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), hosted this month by Panama.   President Laurentino Cortizo welcomed energy ministers […]

A Dose of “Climate Enthusiasm” from John Kerry

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
On any given day, it may be easy to get discouraged about the pace of the energy transition, but look at the big picture and there’s a lot of reason for hope, John Kerry assured participants at the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).   “I’m excited about […]

January

ECPA Ministerial Meeting in Panama

Monday, January 31, 2022
“Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions” will be the focus of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which takes place February 10 and 11 in the Panamanian capital. The event will bring together energy ministers and other high-level officials from Latin America and the Caribbean.   In a […]

Navigating a Tricky Transition

Monday, January 31, 2022
Like the other small island developing states in the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago is highly vulnerable to climate change. But unlike its counterparts, it has an economy that is heavily dependent on hydrocarbons. That makes the energy transition especially tricky.   Prime Minister Keith Rowley hinted at the difficulty of the task ahead in […]

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