December 2020

Ecuador (Free Read)

Waorani sue Chinese oil firm over climate impacts

While on a night-time visit to an oilfield in the Ecuadorian Amazon in the 1990s, famed entomologist Terry Erwin of the Smithsonian Institution saw insects ......

U.S.–Mexico

Feverish wall construction causes alarm on border

As Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House on January 20, the outgoing Trump Administration aims to hand him a fait accompli. Across the ......

Mexico

Mexico publishes rules for glyphosate phaseout

Mexico’s Agriculture Ministry has proposed rules for a gradual phaseout of glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides that have drawn health concerns and criticism for ......

Mexico

Ranching biggest cause of Mexican deforestation

Mexico lost an average of 212,070 hectares (818 square miles) of forest per year during 2001-18, due mainly to the conversion of woodland to pasture ......

Costa Rica

Turrialba Volcano National Park reopens to public

Confident that volcanic activity has eased enough to allow visits, Costa Rica reopened Turrialba Volcano National Park to the public in December for the first ......

Around the Region

Rounding Horn, Chinese fishing fleet leaves criticism in its wake

An enormous Chinese fishing fleet whose recent proximity to the Galápagos Islands prompted complaints by the Ecuadorian government moved south this month on its way ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Electric buses gaining traction in region

For at least five decades, one of the first things visitors to the Chilean capital of Santiago notice is the cloud of air pollution permeating ......

Q&A

Quijandría seeks green-policy progress after Peru’s recent unrest

Gabriel Quijandría was appointed Peru’s environment minister on Nov. 18. He is the fourth person to occupy the post since July, a consequence of extraordinary ......