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Climate Change in Patagonia, Argentina

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March 22nd, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Argentina – March 21st, 2013

Most focus on climate change in Argentina has been in the north, where impacts are more noticeable. However, new studies also show how changes in the south, particularly in the Patagonian province of Chubut, are also likely to be significant.

Increasing temperature and decreasing rainfall in northwest Chubut are shifting the patterns of agricultural viability. Predominant patterns of cattle and sheep farming are likely to face increasing shortages of dry season grazing. Natural forests and existing and planned plantations are also likely to face increasing aridity—exacerbating the risk of dieback, forest fires and pest and disease outbreaks.

Water shortage is likely to become an increasingly pressing concern—especially with the heavy reliance on hydropower, major development plans for irrigated agriculture and forestry, heavy technological demands from the petrochemical industry for water pressure to drive oil extraction, and the importance of aquatic environments for regional tourism (click here for more information).

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