Fri, Nov 17, 2017

by Laura Yaniz

Wetland, a natural carbon sink

Governments must protect ecosystems key to the fight against climate change: rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and mangroves absorb large quantities of carbon, slowing warming. | Credit: Nathan Anderson.

As individuals, we know about the small actions we can take to help reduce the emissions that cause climate change. But what can and should our governments do, seeing as their large-scale actions are fundamental to the welfare of their people?Read more

Thu, Nov 09, 2017

by Camilo Thompson

The Nayeri and Wixárika people venerate the San Pedro Mezquital River. It brings life to their lands, and many of their sacred sites are dotted along its winding path. Despite its importance, the river—and with it the rights of more than 15,000 indigenous peoples—are at risk from the proposed Las Cruces hydroelectric dam.Read more

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

human chain in the ruins of a building destroyed by an earthquake

Volunteers work in the rubble of one of the buildings that collapsed from the Mexico City earthquake.

In the quake’s aftermath, on top of all the tears and fear and aguish, I was overcome with solidarity and love, by the signs of an awakened and united citizenry.Read more

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

by Victor Quintanilla Sangüeza

Flaring at the Scott Township fracking well in Pennsylvania.

Flaring at the Scott Township fracking well in Pennsylvania. | Credit: WCN 24/7.

In Argentina, the environmental authority granted a permit for Petrolera El Trebol to explore and exploit four oil wells conventionally (without using fracking) near Llancanelo Lagoon, a wetland of international importance. Months later, the company decided to frack the wells. The government authorized the change without requiring a new Environmental Impact Assessment.Read more

Mon, Oct 09, 2017

by Sebastián Rodríguez

A sea turtle

Five species of sea turtle migrate through the high seas to lay their eggs on coastal beaches.

Far from national boundaries, and protected by no country, the high seas are rich in biodiversity—sustaining everything from corals to mammals to the fish we eat. Despite their importance, these international waters—and the life within them—are at risk. A lack of coordinated oversight has led to overfishing, illegal fishing, pollution, and habitat destruction.Read more

Tue, Sep 26, 2017

by AIDA Staff

We’re confident that the millions of people who have been awakened, who are acting as conscious and involved citizens, will continue working for our city and our country. We will work for them and for the whole continent. We will work for the Earth, which has reminded us that life is but an instant, and that it’s always worth fighting for.Read more

Sun, Sep 24, 2017

by Aida Navarro

An indigenous girl plays in the San Pedro Mezquital River. | Credit: Camilo Thompson / AIDA

The water flowing down our rivers is vital to the natural equilibrium of the planet and its climate. It’s like the blood circulating through your body. If your bloodflow were blocked, you’d get cardiovascular disease, maybe even a heart attack. Well, damming rivers is like intentionally blocking your veins and expecting no problems.Read more

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

by Astrid Puentes

The Ciénaga Grande helped birth Márquez's magical realism. | Credit: Mitchell Gilbert

Today I learned that Colombia—thanks in part to AIDA’s supporters—took an unprecedented step to save an ecosystem central to Colombia’s identy: the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta.Read more

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

by Cecilia Vásquez

Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston

Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Houston. | Credit: Jill Carlson / Flickr.

A succession of unusually strong hurricanes have struck the Americas over the last several weeks. The nearly unprecedented power of Harvey and Irma submerged cities, damaged homes and took lives, and several smaller hurricanes followed on their tails. Just how did these storms get so strong? Climate change is a big part of the problem.Read more

Mon, Sep 04, 2017

by Jennifer Roberti

Flooding in Houston after hurricane Harvey

Flooding in Houston after hurricane Harvey. | Credit: J. Daniel Escareño / Flickr.

The Addicks and Barker dams were built near Houston, Texas in an attempt to save the city from potential flooding. But the huge storage capacity of the reservoirs was not enough to contain the more than 15 billion gallons of water that Hurricane Harvey brought to the state in less than a week. Given the climatic reality of increasingly intense natural phenomena, we must ask ourselves, are dams really the best option?Read more

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