December 2019

Trade

Revised USMCA does not impress green advocates

A newly revamped North American trade accord approved this month by the U.S. House of Representatives only marginally tightens environmental protections and glaringly fails to ......

Peru (Free Read)

Citizen scientists help amass data on Amazon fish

When William Vela finishes a night of fishing and returns home to Santa Isidora, his village on the central Peruvian Amazon’s Azupizu River, he doesn’t ......

Colombia

Banana growers on lookout for Fusarium strain

Latin American banana growers are scrambling to respond to the arrival in the region of a strain of one of the world’s most destructive banana ......

Brazil

Firefighters’ arrests are political football in Brazil

The release of four volunteer firefighters arrested on suspicion of torching a Brazilian Amazon protected area has failed to blunt controversy over authorities’ handling of ......

Colombia

Colombia eyes fracking as conventional oil wanes

Colombia’s traditional oil reserves have been dwindling for over two decades, and the government says that at the country’s current rate of consumption, they’ll be ......

Around the Region

Caribbean nations acting to rein in plastic pollution

Caribbean countries are stepping up efforts to curb the use of single-use plastic, a major threat to the ocean waters that in multiple ways buoy ......

Centerpiece

Border wall advancing despite opposition

The fight over the U.S.-Mexico border barrier pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump featured multiple flashpoints as 2019 wound down—lawsuits, anti-wall protests and the controversial ......

Q&A

Jorge Sauma discusses threat of Fusarium TR4 to banana sector

The recent discovery in Latin America of a strain of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, one of the world’s most destructive banana fungi, has alarmed the ......