‘One football pitch of tropical rainforest was lost every six seconds in 2019’

At least 1.8 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions are associated with 2019 forest loss, equivalent to the annual emissions of 400 million cars, according to a new study

Bolivia ‘to build $300m nuclear research centre’

Bolivia plans to build a $300 million (£194m) nuclear research centre, according to reports. Russia is said to provide the technology for the project which will include a research reactor. President Evo Morales told reporters the centre will include a cyclotron for radiopharmaeuticals, a multi-purpose gamma irradiation plant. Mr Morales reportedly said: “It poses no […]

Big solar hits Bolivia

Bolivia is getting more than 17,000 solar panels in a giant energy project which can churn out up to 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Stretching across 15 hectares of land, it is expected to hook up more than 49,000 people to a green energy source in the remote city of Cobija in the state of Pando. The […]

World Bank provides $50m to power rural Bolivia

The World Bank is helping finance a programme that aims to provide electricity to thousands of homes and health care centres in rural Bolivia. The $50 million (£30m) funding will be used to install solar systems in around 27,000 homes, 130 schools and heath care centres in Potosi and Chuquisaca Departments located in the southwestern […]

Stella Artois brewer plans Olympian water use cuts

The German brewer behind Stella Artois and Becks has set itself targets to slash water use and waste over the next five years. Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has 200 beer brands and has facilities in 24 countries such as its brewery in Leuven, Germany (pictured). It wants to cut its global water usage to 3.2 […]

EU warns Bolivia after it nationalises Spanish power plants

The Bolivian Government has nationalised two Spanish-owned energy companies in the country, prompting the European Commission to warn it against sending negative signals to foreign firms. Bolivia’s electricity sector was privatised in the 1990s but a week ago its President Evo Morales (pictured) signed a decree to take control of the distributors Electropaz and Elfeo, […]

Bolivia takes control of Spanish power plant

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced yesterday that his government has nationalised the country’s electricity sector after seizing control of its main power grid from a Spanish-owned company. Mr Morales ordered the military to take over the subsidiary of Spanish power company REE, which runs around three-quarters of Bolivia’s power grid, reports claimed. According to the […]

UK firm has Bolivian assets nationalised

UK company Rurelec is mounting a £46m compensation case after its stake in Bolivian power company Empresa Electrica Guaracachi was seized and nationalised by President Evo Morales. Rurelec’s stake was held by its subsidiary Guaracachi America Inc. The nationalisation was part of a May Day supreme decree issued by president Morales which brought four of […]