About 80,000 hectares of Argentine Patagonia came under fire during the weekend and the smoke has even reached the city of La Plata, a little over 1,000 kilometers northeast of the epicenter in the Puerto Madryn region, in the province of Chubut.
Argentina's government has issued an environmental impact declaration for offshore oil drilling off the coast of Mar del Plata which has prompted voiceful objections from local residents, particularly Mayor Guillermo Montenegro of the opposition Juntos por el Cambio (JxC), while Federal Energy Secretary Darío Martínez welcomed the decision.
China has announced it will cut subsidies for green energy vehicles such as electric cars by 30%, beginning January this year. A release from the Ministry of Finance said that the subsidies policy, NEV 2022 will be definitively closed by 31 December 2022.
Brazilian opposition leaders Thursday criticized President Jair Bolsonao's decision to reject humanitarian aid offered by Argentina to assist the victims of the floods in the state of Bahia, where 24 people have died and over 91,000 other have been displaced from their homes.
Brazil's Federal Government has denied access into the country to humanitarian aid offered from Argentina to help the victims of the lethal rainfall in the northern state of Bahia, it was reported Wednesday.
Brazilian opposition lawmakers Tuesday voiced their disapproval of President Jair Bolsonaro being on holiday for New Year's Jubileum while the state of Bahia was still trying to recover from the lethal consequences of unprecedented storms which have left some 20 people dead after other victims have died after the weekend and thousands remained evacuated from their homes.
According to Argentina's National Meteorological Service (SMN), the weather in Patagonia, particularly in the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro is about to set a new historic record amid high temperatures and low rainfall which have turned 2021 into the region's hottest and driest year since 1961.
Chilean president-elect Gabriel Boris announced he contacted president Sebastián Piñera to thank him for the invitation to attend the January 26/27 Prosur and Pacific Alliance summits in Colombia, --the current head of government last overseas trip--, but will not join him.
Uruguay's Environment Minister Adrián Peña Monday forecast that by 2035 ANCAP's La Teja refinery will be closed and vehicles will be 100% zero emissions, as the country advances towards its carbon-neutral goals for 2050
At least 18 people have been reported dead and over 11,000 evacuated after rain five times the historical average left 19 municipalities in the Brazilian northern state of Bahia literally under mud and water. No Christmas to celebrate.