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Chile’s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

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POSITIVE. Chilean AIDS patient Carolina Del Real, 37, prepares coffee at her home in Santiago on April 27, 2018. Photo by MArtin Bernetti/AFP

Chile has the highest rate of HIV cases in Latin America – some 5,816 new cases registered last year, a jump of 96 percent since 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile (May 31, 2018) — The winds of change are blowing through Chile where a youthful sexual revolution is shattering taboos – but also sparking an explosion of HIV cases that has set off alarm bells in the traditionally conservative Latin American country. Continue reading Chile’s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

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Fish swim off Easter Island. AFP image

Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone, covering an area of 720,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) around the island

September 5, 2017 — Chile’s Environmental Minister Marcelo Mena, speaking at an environmental conference in La Serena, northern Chile, said the vote by the native Rapanui people means Chile will have the largest marine protection zone in Latin America. Continue reading Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake – USGS

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The USGS originally said the quake measured 7.1, but later downgraded it

SANTIAGO, Chile (Apr. 25, 2017) — A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, April 24, US geologists said. Continue reading Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake – USGS

Scientists to take to the streets in global march for truth

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Scientists are coming out of the lab and onto the streets in response to the new administration’s actions. Photograph: Mario Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

March for Science on 22 April will see scientists and supporters at more than 500 locations stand up for evidence-based thinking

April 18, 2017 — Scientists and science supporters will take to the streets in a global March for Science on 22 April . What began as a small Facebook group in the US capital, Washington DC has Continue reading Scientists to take to the streets in global march for truth

4 million without water in deadly Chile floods

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WATER SHORTAGE. No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, Chile on February 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

The Maipo river, which supplies most homes in Chile’s capital Santiago, gets contaminated by mudslides and rubble

SANTIAGO, Chile (Feb. 27, 2017) — Rainstorms and landslides in Chile killed 4 and contaminated a major river, forcing authorities to cut off drinking water to 4 million people in the capital, authorities said. Continue reading 4 million without water in deadly Chile floods

Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’

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Picture taken during a forest fire in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017.
The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in several central areas due to forest fires that have destroyed more than 140,000 hectares of woods so far. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

Flames have destroyed 155,000 hectares (600 square miles) of land in the center of the country and at least 4,000 people have been evacuated

LITUECHE, Chile (Jan. 25, 2017) — Chile’s president ordered extra funds Tuesday, January 24, to be spent on fighting the country’s worst forest fires ever, as frantic locals called for help to save their homes, animals and farmland. Continue reading Chile farmers fight forest fire ‘catastrophe’

South American floods kill 12, force mass evacuations

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AFTER THE TORNADO. People walk past a car turned upside down by a tornado in Dolores, Uruguay on April 16, 2016. Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have all been hit by the deluge, which has inundated towns, taken out bridges, blocked roads and cut off water supplies in recent days

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Apr. 21, 2016) — Severe storms and flooding across South America’s “southern cone” have killed at least 12 people and forced thousands to evacuate, with more bad weather on the way.

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Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

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Salmon are loaded on to a truck at the Fiordo Austral company in Calbuco, near Puerto Montt, Chile. Photograph: Jaime Peña/AFP/Getty Images
High ocean temperatures helped cause toxic bloom that has wiped out up to 20% of Chile’s total production for the year

March 11, 2016 — A deadly algal bloom has hit the world’s second biggest salmon exporter, Chile, where nearly 23 million fish have already died and the economic impact from lost production has Continue reading Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

Sharp rise of dengue on Chile’s Easter Island

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Authorities say they are also monitoring the population for Zika virus, and that about a dozen people suspected of having the disease are under observation

SANTIAGO, Chile (Feb. 21, 2016) — Chile’s remote Easter Island over the past two weeks has seen a dramatic increase in dengue, with a total now of 16 confirmed cases, including one serious enough to require hospitalization.

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Chile researchers develop vaccine for virus common in children

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According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, RSV is so common that most children have been infected with it by age two

SANTIAGO, Chile (Jan. 9, 2016) — Researchers in Chile said Friday they have developed the first vaccine against a virus that commonly causes lung and respiratory tract infections in children.

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