CHILEAN LEGISLATURE INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT GLACIERS
Chilean lawmakers have proposed a bill that would protect 80 percent of the country's glaciers by prohibiting commercial activity on them within Chile's national parks. The proposal comes after government officials and Congress agreed to work together to pass the legislation. Large mining projects, particularly copper mines, would be affected by the law. Chile is the world's largest exporter of copper. Though permits already issued would not be revoked, current operations could be required to take additional mitigation measures. The bill has executive and legislative support, but passage is not guaranteed, and a similar bill failed to pass last year. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/us-chile-glacier-idUKKBN0M11VY20150305.