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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 is part of the climate solution

Posted December 16, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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With melting glaciers, extreme storms and unprecedented droughts, Latin America is on the front lines of climate change. Yet the region is also an innovator of low carbon efforts and in recent years several countries in the region have shown...continued

Bridging local and global climate action in Latin America

Posted December 9, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Latin America is as diverse in geography, wildlife, culture and politics as any region on Earth, yet when it comes to climate change, its countries face similar challenges. The impacts of climate disruptions are already felt across the region and...continued

Latin America Green News COP20 Edition: Latin American presidents head to Lima; countries present plans; civil society urges more action

Posted December 8, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. This week and next we will focus on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations held in Lima, Peru COP20) December...continued

Three necessary steps for the Mexican energy reform to help boost clean power and fight climate change

Posted November 24, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Numerous countries in Latin America have pledged emission reductions to help fight the global climate crisis. This international leadership is commendable, but how well is it translating into concrete action on the ground? During and after the upcoming Lima COP,...continued

Waiting for the return of the monarchs

Posted November 10, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Every year at this time millions of monarch butterflies are on the move, approaching the mountainous forests of central Mexico where they will spend the winter under the shelter of oyamel trees.  Monarchs have instinctively undertaken the over 4,000...continued

Threat to Cabo Pulmo National Park from Cabo Cortés project re-emerges

Posted October 22, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In a move that places Cabo Pulmo National Park at risk once more, a Tribunal Court in Mexico City has effectively thrown out a 2012 decision that cancelled Cabo Cortés, a massive real-estate and tourism project proposed right near the...continued

Latin America Green News: Peru's melting glaciers, Paraguay's new deforestation fine, Mexico's proposed offshore phosphate mine, Chile's recent oil spill

Posted October 17, 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. October 13th – October 17th, 2014 Climate Change Peru’s glaciers have lost 40 percent of their surface area since 1970, according to...continued

Latin America Green News: concerns mount about seabed mining in Mexico, growing renewable market in Chile, new deforestation law in Paraguay

Posted October 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. October 4th – October 10th, 2014 Marine In Mexico, Exploraciones Oceanicas, a Mexican subsidiary of a the US Company, Odyssey Marine Explorations,...continued

Latin America Green News: Green bills stalled in Mexico, Deforestation up in Peru, Latin America's biodiversity in decline

Posted October 3, 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 27th – October 3rd, 2014 Renewable Energy A package of seven secondary laws, known as the “green package,” has yet to...continued

Latin America Green News: Latin America at the Climate Summit, a New Pledge to Stop Deforestation

Posted September 29, 2014 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. September 20th – September 26th, 2014 Climate change At the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, the President of Mexico,...continued

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

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