January 2019

Peru

Peruvian forest-agency move causing U.S. concern

The regulatory agency responsible for overseeing forestry in Peru was placed under the authority of the Environment Ministry in December, prompting U.S. authorities to request ......

Brazil

Fatal deluge signals wider tailings-dam safety risk

It has been distressing enough for Brazilians to learn of the second devastating tailings-dam break to befall their country in just over three years. Now ......

Brazil

Bolsonaro order seen as blow to indigenous rights

An executive order issued by new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has fanned concern that his government will undermine the rights of Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people, ......

Argentina

Decision on transgenic wheat is due in Argentina

Argentina’s industrial farming model has come in for increasing criticism in recent years. Specifically, experts say relentlessly expanding cultivation of transgenic crops has prompted ever-heavier ......

Ecuador

Land iguanas reintroduced on island in Galápagos

After the naturalist Charles Darwin had observed land iguanas on the Galápagos island now called Santiago in 1835, he described the creatures’ appearance as “ugly” ......

Around the Region

Brazilian minister suspends NGO contracts, partnerships

Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles this month suspended all contracts and partnerships between the ministry and non-governmental organizations for 90 days while they undergo an ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Alvarado vows big carbon-neutrality push

Ask Costa Ricans what it’s like to drive in their country’s capital city of San José during rush hour and they’ll tell you about interminable ......

Q&A (Free Read)

Ex-minister returns to help Costa Rica toward carbon-neutrality

When Costa Rica’s current government took office last May, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez came back to the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) over a decade ......