June 2019

Ecuador

Decree rekindles Yasuní Park oil-drilling concerns

Thirteen years since the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) called for protection of two Ecuadorian indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation—the Tagaeri and Taromenane—indigenous-rights ......

U.S.–Mexico

Private border-fence scheme surprises U.S. town

The controversial construction of an 18-foot-tall, half-mile-long fence on the outskirts of the U.S.-Mexican border town of Sunland Park, New Mexico, has stoked political tension, ......

Argentina

Argentine high court upholds historic glacier law

One of Argentina’s hardest-fought environmental battles in recent years took a favorable turn for conservationists this month when the country’s Supreme Court upheld an ambitious ......

Chile

Chile’s coal-plant phaseout rapped as too gradual

Six months before his country is scheduled to host the world’s next climate summit, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on June 4 announced a plan under ......

Brazil

Green advocates lose clout on Brazil policy board

Civil society members of Brazil’s National Environment Council (Conama), the country’s main environmental policy-making body, are condemning a new decree under which the administration of ......

Around the Region

Manager of protected area is murdered in southern Mexico

The manager of a protected area in southern Mexico was shot to death this month after he had alerted authorities about the illegal extraction of ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Warning sounds for white-lipped peccary

For centuries, the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) ranged in herds of up to 120 animals through much of Mesoamerica, helping to maintain the ecological balance ......

Q&A

Too many Gulf of California artisanal fishers for resource to bear

Mexican oceanographer Alfredo Girón, a researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), worries about the ......