The Matanza-Riachuelo river basin is a source of water for millions of Argentines, but it’s also among the most polluted in the world. Scientists in Buenos Aires are hoping to clean up the water by harnessing an unlikely source – organic waste.
The Las Tunas neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina has existed for decades longer than its wealthier neighbors. Now, the newer, gated communities, built on the wetlands that once provided drainage for the area, are trapping water in Las Tunas.
Lawmakers in Argentina are considering a change to the country’s seed law that would require farmers to pay seed companies for not only the initial seeds but also the seeds harvested and used to grow a second generation of crops. The proposal is the latest in a simmering dispute between seed companies like Monsanto and Argentine farmers, and activists, farmers and seed companies are considering its potential consequences.
In Argentina’s capital city, recyclers collect and resell hundreds of tons of materials every day. Jacquelina Flores has become a leading advocate for recyclers, including women who have moved into new roles as “environmental promoters,” teaching city residents how to recycle and promoting recycling.
Because of Argentina’s ongoing economic crisis, many are struggling to afford food at market prices. This makes programs to help low-income Argentine families and communities grow their own food increasingly important.
On the outskirts of Argentina’s capital city, residents living near one of the world’s most contaminated waterways were promised help from the government after a 2008 Supreme Court ruling. Eight years later, most are still waiting.
Argentina’s lithium deposits are attracting international companies who want to mine in the mineral-rich Salinas Grandes salt plains. But 33 indigenous communities in the area, concerned about harm to local people and their environment, have signed a document requiring companies to consult with them before mining.
Many of the 5 million people who live along the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin in Buenos Aires have reported health problems that experts have linked to pollution in the river. Residents are frustrated by lack of government action, which now plans to suspend, or even halt, operations of mobile health units that provide free medical care to people in that area.
Power shortages become a way of life in Buenos Aires during the summertime. Residents, many of whom say the government and power companies should have figured out a solution by now, are struggling to live normally as their refrigerators, street lights and other electrically-powered amenities stop working.