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Environment

Living Planet: Chilean citizens fight for water rights

Despite its location straddling the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is facing water scarcity, due in part to climate change-related drought. Water was privatized under the Pinochet dictatorship in the 1970s — limiting access for farming communities and city dwellers alike. In 2020, citizens voted to rewrite the constitution. And water is looming large in the debate.