September 2020

Mexico

In Mexico, oil nationalism undermining renewables

As a presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador persistently criticized what are arguably Mexico’s two most consequential energy-policy steps in recent decades—constitutional reforms in 2013 ......

Brazil

Once again, devastating dry-season fires in Brazil

A year after fires in Brazil’s Amazon region sparked international alarm, the country again faces widespread dry-season blazes—this time with the worst of them in ......

Mexico

Water deliveries to U.S. drive violence in Mexico

Political tension in the Mexican state of Chihuahua escalated sharply this month, as farmers protested treaty-mandated water deliveries to the United States by storming and ......

Central America

Central American nations on lookout for locusts

With Covid-19 and weather extremes causing acute emergency concerns, Central American countries since July have also had to keep a wary eye on locusts and ......

Region (Free Read)

Calls for ship speed limits in Strait of Magellan

Héctor Guzmán was mainly interested in studying the movements of humpback whales in the Strait of Magellan, a popular feeding ground of theirs, when he ......

Around the Region

Stunning loss of vertebrates in Latin America, Caribbean

The population of vertebrate wildlife—mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish—plummeted by 94% from 1970 to 2016 in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

‘Ribeirinhos’ lose ground to bauxite mines

In July of last year, residents of four river communities in Oriximiná, a municipality in the Brazilian Amazon state of Pará, were surprised one day ......

Q&A

U.S.-born nun reflects on decades serving the rural poor in Brazil

In 1966, Jean Bellini joined her Roman Catholic congregation in Rochester, New York to become a nun at the age of 23. Ten years later ......