The latest in Latin American politics today: Latin American leaders speak to UN about war, climate, drugs
Presidents from Brazil, Chile and Colombia contributed to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York with speeches on peace, democracy and the environment. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the first to call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine while criticizing sanctions against Russia over the invasion.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro called on Latin American countries to join forces to end the “irrational war on drugs” but also criticized a worldwide addiction to oil and coal, adding that efforts to halt global warming , didn’t work. Chilean President Gabriel Boric has called for greater cooperation on fighting climate change and defending democracy, while reaffirming his pledge for a new constitution after voters rejected a proposed charter earlier this month.
Over 200 buildings damaged in Mexico earthquake that killed two MEXICO CITY – A major earthquake that killed two people in Mexico on Monday also damaged more than 200 buildings and injured 10 people, according to Laura Velazquez , the head of Mexico’s civil defense agency.
The 7.6 magnitude quake struck western Mexico and most of the damage was concentrated in the states of Colima and Michoacan. Puerto Rico’s power grid is no match for Fiona; Local residents not surprised
SAN JUAN — About 80% of homes and businesses in Puerto Rico were still without power Tuesday as Hurricane Fiona’s rainfall receded, and residents complained that the island’s troubled power grid was still struggling despite billions of dollars in funding to improve it is still a mess. Puerto Rico’s power grid has long been criticized for being unreliable, but residents and consultants have complained that outages have become more common since provider LUMA Energy took over operations last year.
Fiona battered the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as a powerful Category 3 storm. Exxon is ramping up oil production in Guyana but is undecided on future auction offerings, a source says
HOUSTON — U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil is uncertain whether it will bid for new offshore areas Guyana plans to explore, a person close to the matter said, as it is ramping up production faster than expected and leaving the South American country with the Setting conditions wrestles. An Exxon-led consortium that discovered oil off Guyana’s coast started production in 2019 and now controls all production in the country, making Guyana a rising oil powerhouse.
But Guyana, which lacks the financial muscle to develop its natural resources on its own, is struggling to decide how to allocate oil properties outside the Exxon blocks. She has postponed a possible auction originally scheduled for this month until later this year. Brazilian firms seek help from investors in New York as Amazon burns
NEW YORK – Scores of private Brazilian companies trying to slow the destruction of the Amazon rainforest are using a major climate conference in New York this week to lure investors into supporting conservation plans. An area of the Amazon roughly the size of the island of Puerto Rico was destroyed between January and August this year, according to non-governmental organization Imazon, which tracks deforestation, the largest in 15 years.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who is trailing behind former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ahead of an October 2 vote, has been heavily criticized for relaxing enforcement of environmental laws. (Compiled by Sarah Morland; Edited by Jonathan Oatis)
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