October 2021

Region (Free Read)

COP26 highlights contrasting tendencies in region

For Latin America, the United Nations Climate Change Conference that got underway this month in Glasgow, Scotland, presents an opportunity to secure financing for climate ......

Argentina (Free Read)

Ranchers push back as pumas fill Patagonian void

Sheep ranching has a long tradition in Argentina—especially in Patagonia, where poor soils, scant rain, relentless winds and low temperatures put a damper on other ......

Mexico

Mexican bill panned as blow to renewable power

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent Congress legislation that would strengthen the state’s role in the electricity sector in ways experts say will ......

Paraguay

UN committee faults Paraguay in herbicide case

In 1987, the 200 Ava Guaraní people making up Paraguay’s Campo Agua’e indigenous community won formal government recognition of their rights to 900 hectares (2,224 ......

Uruguay

Rice farm welder wins chemical-exposure lawsuit

For the first time, an Uruguayan labor court has ruled in favor of a worker who complained of health problems caused by workplace exposure to ......

Around the Region

Ecuadorian oil-project plans worrying indigenous groups

Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon fear a possible expansion of the oil industry’s footprint in the rainforest region, where four decades of drilling have ......

Centerpiece

Paying property owners not to clear land

Concerns about woodland protection in Brazil often focus on the illegal deforestation of lands earmarked for conservation. And small wonder: For decades, miners, loggers and ......

Q&A

Chilean environmental litigator advocates ‘ecological constitution’

Ezio Costa is executive director of FIMA, a nonprofit that litigates in the Chilean courts to promote environmental protection. Since its founding in 1998, FIMA ......