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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: 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

Scientists call for investigation of Gulf of California coastal development

Posted February 10, 2014 by Carolina Herrera

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 Twenty-seven scientists have expressed concern that the construction of large-scale tourism resorts along the coast of Mexico’s Gulf of California threatens the region’s remarkable marine ecosystems. In a letter to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC),** the group...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile leads in solar-thermal, Costa Rica lags on water management, Mexico leads in emissions

Posted January 10, 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. January 5th-11th, 2014 Chile In a major blow to HidroAysén, media reported this week that Endesa Chile, majority owner of the project,...continued

Latin America Green News: cleaner buses in Chile, sustainable mining in Costa Rica, and solar in Mexico

Posted November 11, 2013 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. November 4 – November 8 2013 Chile A 2012 study estimates that switching from diesel to natural gas to fuel Santiago’s...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile makes polluters pay, Costa Rican partnerships for responsible fishing, and Mexico gears up for geothermal

Posted November 1, 2013 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. October 28 – November 1 2013 Chile The Chilean Environmental Superintendent brought charges against Colbún this week for environmental infractions at...continued

Climate change threatens corals - what might this mean for Cabo Pulmo?

Posted October 31, 2013 by Carolina Herrera in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Climate change will leave little of the ocean untouched, according to a recent study that looked at projected changes in ocean temperature and biogeochemistry linked to carbon dioxide emissions. So what might a changing climate and ocean acidification mean for...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile loses ozone, Costa Rica opens its first carbon market, and Mexico's energy debate leaves out renewables

Posted October 25, 2013 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. October 21 – October 25 2013 Chile The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has expanded to southern Chile and...continued

New international climate report has profound implications for Latin America

Posted September 27, 2013 by Carolina Herrera

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The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate confirms what countless people in Latin America and the Caribbean already know – something is seriously wrong with the weather and it’s time we start doing something about it. The report...continued

Latin America Green News: Optimistic forecast for Chilean renewables, Costa Rica seizes illegal wood, Mexico at risk from climate change

Posted August 2, 2013 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. July 29-August 2, 2013 Chile BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, co-owners of the huge Escondida copper mine in Chile’s northern Antofagasta region,...continued

Latin America Green News: Chile to cut CO2, Costa Rica slashes clean car tax, and Mexican mining expands

Posted July 26, 2013 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. July 20-26 2013 Chile The Ministry of Environment is heading up a team of actors who are figuring out how Chile...continued

Rethinking Chile's energy future starts with making the right choices now

Posted June 19, 2013 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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With abundant renewable energy potential throughout the region, Latin America is poised to be a global clean energy leader – but only under the right policy conditions according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The report,...continued

Eighteen years and counting - keeping Cabo Pulmo safe is still a critical task

Posted June 14, 2013 by Carolina Herrera

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June marks two important anniversaries for Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park, and both are reminders that protecting coral reefs is an enduring and critical challenge. Earlier this month, local residents and NGOs celebrated the 18th anniversary of the creation of...continued

Latin America Green News: Smog shrouds Chilean city, trawling in Costa Rica, authorities reject Mexican gold mine

Posted June 14, 2013 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 9-14, 2013 Chile The capital city of the Araucanía Region, Temuco, and nearby Padre Las Casas are experiencing severe air pollution,...continued

Latin America Green News: renewables bill in Chile moving forward, Costa Rica markets carbon, high cost of climate change in Mexico

Posted May 24, 2013 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming, 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. May 20 – 24, 2013 Chile President Piñera gave his fourth and final national annual address on the 21st of May, and...continued

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