June 2020

Brazil (Free Read)

Illegal miners posing Covid-19 threat to Yanomami

The indigenous Yanomami people, whose vast territory straddles the border of Brazil and Venezuela, have launched a campaign to expel 20,000 illegal Amazon gold miners ......

El Salvador

Push in El Salvador for comprehensive water law

For decades, Salvadorans have grappled with poor availability and quality of drinking water, yet the country has not enacted new water-resource legislation since 1970. That ......

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan project aims to spur water-harvesting

A project in one of Nicaragua’s driest regions is looking to help farmers harvest water for crops, one of the latest efforts to bring relief ......

Peru

In Peru, firing of forest official called “arbitrary"

Environmental groups and several indigenous organizations have protested the firing on June 5, World Environment Day, of Luis Alberto Gonzales-Zúñiga, who had headed Peru’s National ......

Chile

Calls for more effort in Chile to protect fisheries

In the 1990s, Chile’s fishing industry was riding high, hauling in up to seven million tons of fish a year. Since then, though, overfishing and ......

Around the Region

Guatemala faced with PPE pollution in Lake Amatitlán

Guatemala’s Lake Amatitlán historically has suffered from inflows of trash discarded near its shores and in the watershed of the Villalobos River, which empties into ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Time for new Amazon development model

If there is one lesson the coronavirus pandemic ought to hold for the countries that control the Amazon rainforest, it is the public-health value of ......

Q&A

Scientist says Amazon could reach “tipping point” in 15-20 years

Carlos Nobre, a prominent Brazilian expert on climate-change impacts in the Amazon region, is a distinguished scientist at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of ......