Latin America Could Turn to Russia, China in Wake of Trade Split With US

The governments of some Latin American countries have signaled that they are ready to “break their dependence” on the United States; Russia and China could play a key role in the region, Venezuelan political analyst Ernesto Wong told Sputnik Mundo. In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, Venezuelan political analyst Ernesto Wong said that in Latin America,Continue reading “Latin America Could Turn to Russia, China in Wake of Trade Split With US”

Uruguay and Chile, least corrupt countries in LAC region says Transparency International

In Latin America, Uruguay leads with a ranking of 21, followed by The Bahamas and Chile both in 24th place, and Venezuela figures at the bottom. Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index fall below the midpoint of a scale spanning 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean),Continue reading “Uruguay and Chile, least corrupt countries in LAC region says Transparency International”

India and China, Full Speed Ahead in Climate Change Mitigation

While the United States is wondering what will happen next on climate change mitigation in their country, both India and China have recently unveiled very ambitious plans to fight local air pollution and global climate change. According to an article from the Guardian, India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027. ThisContinue reading “India and China, Full Speed Ahead in Climate Change Mitigation”

How Climate Change Impacts Our Water Supply

The water cycle, the process by which water circulates through the planet’s atmosphere and waterways, helps make life here on Earth possible. Climate change, however, caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions, is disrupting that process. It’s creating a vicious cycle in which higher temperatures, changes in rainfall and water contamination cause environmental consequences that make globalContinue reading “How Climate Change Impacts Our Water Supply”

Renewable Energy, a Rising Tide

Leading the surge is China, which already has a huge advantage in its current position at the front of the pack. China has not only vastly expanded its domestic investment in renewable energy, it is plowing record sums into renewables markets overseas. As our report noted, China put $32 billion into foreign renewables projects in 2016Continue reading “Renewable Energy, a Rising Tide”

Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. “It’s really easyContinue reading “Cuba Sees Explosion in Internet Access”

China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America

China has big plans for Latin America—plans that seem to reflect China itself: massive and ambitious. There are plans for a $10 billion, 3,300-mile-long transcontinental railroad snaking through the jungles of the Amazon river basin and over the highest mountain range in Latin America, linking the Atlantic shore to the Pacific. There’s talk of aContinue reading “China Seizes Opportunities in Latin America”

Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment

There is consensus that extreme poverty and hunger must be eradicated by 2030 through accelerated, inclusive and equitable economic growth without damaging the environment. This calls for sustainable and integrated, balanced and simultaneous implementation of economic, social and environmental dimensions without one dimension gaining at the expense of others, as agreed at the Rio+20 ConferenceContinue reading “Accelerating Growth to End Poverty without Damaging the Environment”

Mexico’s International Trade Agenda for 2017

International events such as “Brexit,” the United States’ potential withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) or the possibility of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are all extremely relevant for Mexico’s economy – which has the fourth-largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the Americas and the 15th-largest GDP in the world.Continue reading “Mexico’s International Trade Agenda for 2017”

Meet Canada’s new International Trade Minister

François-Phillippe Champagne, a lawyer who’s worked for a string of major multinationals, Champagne knows the world of global trade—but says Canadians must reap the benefits at home. Arguably the biggest promotion in today’s federal cabinet shuffle goes to François-Philippe Champagne, who vaults from parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, a supporting role just outside cabinet,Continue reading “Meet Canada’s new International Trade Minister”