Author: Robert M. Speiser

Presently, it is not as if the folks of Santiago are running outside their homes with their own polypropylene mesh nets ready to catch any drop of rain that falls. However, the convergence of changing climate patterns and an increased competition for scarce water resources among various growing industries has pushed water politics to the forefront of national Chilean economic and environmental discussions.

The effects of climate change are real and present in Chile, but so too is a growing movement and public consciousness to reduce people’s and companies’ carbon footprints. However, how much can a middle-income developing economy, such as Chile, commit to “clean tech” and GHG emissions reductions while much of renewable energy is still too costly and there are more pressing needs of keeping the Chilean people’s food on the table?

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