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Currently in the throes of a freshwater crisis, Chile is facing the consequences of Pinochet-era policies that have left nearly all the country’s freshwater supplies and water-related services in the hands of multinational corporations. But the solution to this worsening crisis lies in the hands of some unlikely suspects: Canadian teachers.

As one of South America’s largest engineering projects, the Corredor Bioceanico Aconcagua will link trade between Brazil, Argentina and Chile through a train tunnel under the Andes, strengthening the region’s commercial ties.

Public transportation offers a sustainable alternative to masses of individual automobiles, yet many systems still run on unsustainable power sources. With around 2.2 million people riding the Metro de Santiago every day, Chile requires a great deal of energy to keep people moving. President Michelle Bachelet recently announced the country’s mass transit system will soon be almost entirely powered by wind and solar energy, resulting in a slew of environmental benefits.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:33

Chile jolted by major 7.6-magnitude earthquake

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A major 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported.

Chile’s national emergency office (Onemi) lifted both the evacuation order and a tsunami watch three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck and told nearly 5,000 people who had been evacuated they could return to their homes.

Onemi said one bridge in the area was impassible as crews worked to restore electricity to 21,000 homes without power.

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