August 2020

Ecuador

Intense fishing near Galápagos spurs corridor plan

In May, Ecuadorian scientists lost track of Esperanza, a whale shark outfitted with a satellite transmitter to track her movements in and beyond the waters ......

Panama (Free Read)

In this case, ants in the bathroom not a bad thing

When Covid-19 hobbled work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama earlier this year, research fellow Dumas Gálvez acted quickly. He entered his ......

Brazil

Court orders Covid-19 plan for indigenous peoples

The Brazilian Supreme Court this month ruled unanimously that the country’s government must draft a plan to protect indigenous peoples from Covid-19, in part by ......

Costa Rica

Costa Rican bill would strengthen ban on drilling

Two bills in Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly have rekindled a decades-old debate about extractive industries in a nation that prides itself on its green image ......

Mexico

Seizure underscores scale of illegal turtle trade

Last May, customs inspectors at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport discovered some surprising cargo. Opening China-bound crates, they found over 15,000, mostly live specimens ......

Around the Region

Chile ratchets up plastic-bag ban, extending it to all stores

Chile this month became the first country in Latin America to prohibit all businesses from giving plastic bags to customers, according to the country’s environment ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

‘Green corridor’ plan lifts jaguar numbers

When biologist Mario Di Bitetti began his research in the northeast Argentine province of Misiones three decades ago, he focused on the mono caí (Sapajus ......

Q&A

Biologist Sebastián Di Martino discusses ‘rewilding’ in Argentina

Sebastián Di Martino is conservation director of Rewilding Argentina Foundation. Known as Conservation Land Trust-Argentina until its rebranding this year, the organization since 1998 has ......