September 2019

Amazon

Green issues loom over synod of Amazon bishops

Weeks after Amazonian wildfires galvanized world attention and young climate strikers marched through cities around the globe, Catholic bishops from the Amazon will meet at ......

Caribbean (Free Read)

A destructive reminder: Caribbean needs to adapt

When Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas on Sept. 1 with 185–mph winds, it produced all-too-familiar scenes of devastation: trees stripped bare of leaves; buildings shorn ......

Panama

Panama to stop issuing logging permits for 1 year

Attempting to deliver on promises to curb widespread deforestation, Panama on Sept. 9 imposed a year-long moratorium on new logging permits. Half of the country’s forestland ......

Brazil

Forest loss spooks firms importing Amazon inputs

Deforestation and fires in the Brazilian Amazon, caused to a large degree by ranchers clearing land for pasture, are creating a potentially explosive public-relations problem ......

Uruguay

Uruguay pilots GPS-guided agrochemical spraying

Aiming to reduce environmental-health risks from large-scale farming, Uruguay’s government is testing a pioneering system that provides real-time satellite monitoring and guidance to keep agrochemical ......

Around the Region

Fires devastate natural lands in eastern Bolivia

As world attention has focused on record fires and ongoing deforestation in Brazil, Bolivia has been suffering through devastating conflagrations of its own. The Bolivian fires ......

Centerpiece

Unchecked growth seen as risk to reserve

Almost 25 years ago, the fishermen of Cabo Pulmo, a small village on the Gulf of California, packed up their nets and asked the Mexican ......

Q&A

Indigenous leader rejects Brazilian president’s vision for Amazon

Raoni Metuktire, 89, chief of the Kayapó indigenous people in Brazil, has been a leading advocate for Amazon rainforest conservation since the late 1980s, when ......