* Mexico: Bolivia’s representative at a major climate action conference in Cancun accused wealthy countries of breaking promises to protect the environment.
* Brazil: A judge permitted clown-turned-comedian Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva “Tiririca” to take office in the Chamber of Deputies after he received over 1.3 million votes in October.
* Venezuela: A state of emergency was declared nationwide after heavy rains and flooding killed at least 29 people.
* Guatemala: The government will auction off the exploration rights of oil fields in the north to foreign oil firms.
Image – Reuters/David Gray/Files via Reuters (“A small house can be seen in front of a coal-burning power station located on the outskirts of Beijing August 17, 2009.”)
Online Sources- Reuters, MSNBC, The Latin Americanist, MSNBC, LAHT