May 2020

Region (Free Read)

Clean air belies Covid-19’s environmental downside

In Honduras, fires have torched forests while rangers shelter to avoid contracting Covid-19. In Mexico, fishers illegally ply the habitat of the endangered vaquita porpoise, ......

Mexico

Experts watch warily as monarchs return to breed

Nature lovers awaiting the monarch butterfly’s reappearance in northern climes have had to be extra watchful this year. High temperatures during the monarch’s fall migration to ......

Brazil

Outrage in Brazil over forest-protection rollbacks

For weeks, Brazilian environmentalists have accused President Jair Bolsonaro’s government of speeding its dismantlement of natural-resource protections in hopes the rollbacks will go unnoticed amid ......

Ecuador (Free Read)

Dam implicated in waterfall collapse and oil spill

First, Ecuador’s largest waterfall vanished. On Feb. 2 of this year, erosion on the Coca River in the country’s Amazon region created a huge sinkhole, ......

Bolivia

Citing pandemic, Bolivia plans wider use of GMOs

Bolivia’s government has agreed to allow broader commercial cultivation of genetically modified crop varieties, arguing that food production must be increased amid the Covid-19 pandemic. ......

Around the Region

Chile first nation in Americas to update Paris commitment

Chile last month became the first country in the Americas to submit its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)—a formal statement of the country’s plans for ......

Centerpiece

River highlights case for basin cleanups

People who live along the Grande de Santiago River near Guadalajara, Mexico, are all too familiar with the chronic pollution harrying their heavily industrialized communities. ......

Q&A

Salvadoran judge urges more rigorous oversight amid pandemic

Samuel Lizama is president of El Salvador’s Environmental Appeals Court. His tribunal ranks as the highest environmental authority in the country’s judicial system, given its ......