October 2020

Brazil

Corporations pressing Brazil to curb deforestation

When JBS, the world’s leading beef exporter, vowed in September to ensure that the cattle it buys would not be raised on illegally deforested land, ......

Chile (Free Read)

Chile seeking role in world green-hydrogen market

Hoping to create business opportunities that help decarbonize its economy, Chile is embracing “green hydrogen.” The right-leaning government of President Sebastián Piñera is preparing a long-term ......

Bolivia

Bolivia suffers as ‘chaqueo’ burns escape control

As widespread fires in Brazilian natural lands captured world headlines in recent months, blazes in neighboring Bolivia drew less notice but took a crushing toll. By ......

Paraguay

Paraguayan case buoys forest-enforcement hopes

When Paraguayan authorities have pursued illegal deforestation cases, experts say, the resulting penalties, if they are enforced at all, too often do not punish the ......

El Salvador

Long-closed plant still plagues Salvadoran town

Sitio del Niño, a town of 8,000 located 34 kilometers (21 miles) northwest of San Salvador, has become synonymous with environmental contamination, due to the ......

Around the Region

Brazil’s Conama has rescinded coastal sand-berm protections

The National Environmental Council (Conama), Brazil’s main environmental policy-making body, has revoked a regulation that protects coastal sand-berm formations seen by many experts as crucial ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Biosphere is flashpoint for tourism debate

A program under which forest concession holders—mostly local community cooperatives and associations—manage nearly 1.23 million acres (500,000 hectares) of Guatemalan rainforest has won international applause ......

Q&A

Meza to target transport, Costa Rica’s key to carbon neutrality

Andrea Meza, Costa Rica’s new minister of environment and energy, replaced predecessor Carlos Rodríguez in August when he left office to become CEO of the ......