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Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC

Carolina Herrera

Growing up in Panama and with roots in Bolivia, I’ve always been interested in identifying ways for Latin America to achieve its development goals while still protecting the region’s incredible biodiversity, wild places and local communities. Before coming to NRDC I worked as an energy policy researcher for a Japanese energy company where I realized how critical it is for Latin America and other regions to make the right policy and natural resource use choices. More recently, I completed a Masters in Global Environmental Policy from American University where I focused on clean energy and sustainable development.

Recent Posts

Latin America Green News: A climate change tower in the Amazon, greener railroad transportation in Mexico, the first 100% solar-powered city in Chile

Posted September 19, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. September 13th – September 19th, 2014 Climate Change A structure taller than the Eiffel Tower is set to be built in the...continued

CEC calls for investigation into authorization of coastal projects in Gulf of California

Posted September 18, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In a move that could help strengthen environmental governance in Mexico, the Secretariat of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC)** has called for an investigation into whether key regulations have been effectively enforced during the review and authorization...continued

Latin America Green News: Energy and deforestation in Brazil; wind and new park in Chile

Posted September 12, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.  September 8th – 12th, 2014 Energy The Chinese energy firm, Envision, will launch its first project in Chile, a 10 MW wind...continued

Latin America Green News: solar up in Chile, fracking allowed in Colombia, deforestation in Brazil pollutes neighbors

Posted September 5, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. September 1st  – 5th, 2014  Energy In Chile, the total contribution of non-conventional renewable energy increased by 27% between January and July of...continued

Taking action on climate change in Latin America cities helps meet development goals

Posted September 5, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Climate change is often portrayed as merely an environmental issue, but the reality is that in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions,...continued

Latin America Green News: Mexico's solar panel tariff, Chile's "five star" glacier law, and Brazil's deforestation gang

Posted August 29, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. August 23 – August 29, 2014 Renewable Energy The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) expects to invest $500 million in...continued

Latin America Green News: Renewables in Mexico, new blow to HidroAysén, Peru climate strategy

Posted August 22, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. August 16th – August 22nd, 2014 Biodiversity & Environment In a new blow to HidroAysén, the mega-dam project whose permits where recently...continued

Latin America Green News: Chilean animals in danger, Costa Rican monkeys protected, Mexican energy reform passed

Posted August 15, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. August 9th – August 15th, 2014 Chile HidroAysén, the controversial massive hydroelectric project, appealed to the Environmental Court in Santiago this week...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile attracts renewables, Costa Rica repeals national parks sales tax, Mexico approves energy reform

Posted August 8, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. August 2nd – August 8th, 2014 Chile Chile has been ranked number 13 out of 40 countries on the Renewable Energy Country...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile on the verge of HidroAysén decision, Costa Rica increasing carbon neutral businesses, and Mexico requiring transparency on Cabo Dorado

Posted June 6, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. June 1st- 6th, 2014 Chile The future of the massive HidroAysén dam project will be decided on Tuesday, June 10th by the...continued

Project threatening Cabo Pulmo National Park attempts tactical retreat

Posted May 30, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Recognizing that their proposal is deeply flawed, the investors behind the Cabo Dorado project tried to make a tactical retreat by temporarily removing the project from formal consideration. In an open letter to President Peña Nieto and other officials printed...continued

Experts highlight threats to communities and environment from Cabo Dorado

Posted May 19, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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The environmental impact statement presented for Cabo Dorado, the massive coastal tourism and real-estate project proposed adjacent to Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park, is plagued with deficiencies that warrant the project’s outright rejection. During the project’s public information meeting, scientists,...continued

Deficiencies in Cabo Dorado environmental impact assessment brought to light

Posted May 8, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Heeding the calls of civil society and concerned citizens, Mexico’s environmental authority (Semarnat) will hold a public information meeting on Cabo Dorado – the massive tourism and real-estate complex proposed just north of and adjacent to Cabo Pulmo National Park...continued

Latin America Green News: wildfire controlled in Chile, energy saved in Costa Rica, Cabo Dorado resort questioned in Mexico

Posted April 4, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. March 31st – April 4th, 2014 Chile Authorities brought the wildfire that started on March 26th in Chile’s Patagonian region of Aysen...continued

Massive coastal development proposed near Cabo Pulmo National Park once again

Posted March 21, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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For the third time, the threat of massive coastal tourism and real-estate development has returned to Cabo Pulmo National Park, one of the world’s most robust marine reserves and home to a critically important coral reef system. The new mega-resort...continued

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