31 Jan '17, 11pm

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Six hundred kilometers (360 miles) north of Santiago, Chile, the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve reverberates with the braying of 26,000 Humboldt penguins — around 80 percent of the species' entire population. Sea otters and migrating blue whales glide through the waves close to colonies of nesting seabirds. This global biodiversity hotspot, part of a cluster of protected islands near the fishing community of Punta de Choros, now faces an unwelcome newcomer: The Dominga megaproject, which includes two massive open-pit mines, a commercial port and a desalination plant. With construction slated to begin as early as March, environmental groups and local fishermen are racing to stop Chile’s latest “sacrifice” to industry. Led by Andes Iron, the Dominga copper and iron mines directly threaten the region’s unique land species, including the fox-like culpeo and the guanaco , a ...

Full article: http://oceana.org/blog/mining-and-port-megaprojects-threa...

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