September 2021

Mexico

Pemex fires highlight Mexican oil-sector struggles

As July 2 dawned in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche, a surreal fireball burned on the ocean’s surface. The eruption occurred just 150 meters (490 feet) ......

El Salvador (Free Read)

Bitcoin plans raise energy concerns in El Salvador

On Sept. 7, El Salvador became the world’s first country to establish Bitcoin as legal tender, meaning the cryptocurrency has joined the U.S. dollar as ......

Region

Duque, Fernández promote debt-for-climate swap

Battered by economic fallout from Covid-19, Latin America and the Caribbean are in no shape to ratchet up greenhouse-gas-reduction efforts without financial help, several of ......

Uruguay

Videos confirm maned wolf presence in Uruguay

Security guard Víctor Fontora spotted something unusual while working the night shift at an Uruguayan blueberry plantation and packing center in August. Fortunately, he had ......

Brazil

Invasive lionfish moving into southwest Atlantic

The lionfish, a highly invasive Indo-Pacific fish species that has damaged reef ecosystems in the western North Atlantic in recent decades, has begun to multiply ......

Around the Region

El Paso discharges point up border infrastructure needs

Spills that send wastewater from Mexico into California and Arizona have been a border irritant for years. But since late August, concern has focused on ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Sea-level rise all too real for Guna people

Next year Panama will help members of the Guna indigenous group move from one of their territory’s islands to the mainland as climate change and ......

Q&A

Peru’s Ramírez pledges policy continuity as environment minister

In his first month as Peru’s environment minister, Rubén Ramírez laid groundwork for something rarely seen in his country’s governance—continuity. Ramírez, an attorney with experience ......