October 2022

Region

Call for ban on mercury use in small-scale mining

Small-scale gold mining is the world’s largest source of atmospheric mercury, producing around 2,058 tons a year, and South America accounts for about 53% of ......

Region (Free Read)

As coral disease spreads, so does effort to fight it

A deadly disease infecting coral reefs in the Caribbean has continued to spread through the region as scientists ramp up efforts to use new tools ......

Argentina

Argentine governors derail wetland-protection bill

Following nearly a decade of failed attempts, Argentina’s Congress seemed at the end of September to be on the brink of approving the country’s first ......

Central America

Regional seed bank is on way for Central America

Seed banks for trees have operated for years in Central America with the aim of conserving the region’s highly diverse forest species. Increasingly, they have ......

Uruguay

Uruguay readies fines for huge UPM tree nursery

A eucalyptus-tree nursery in Uruguay operated by the Finnish pulp-manufacturing giant UPM faces escalating fines for allowing agrochemical-tainted water to flow into a stream in ......

Around the Region

Escazú Agreement is ratified by Colombia

Colombia has become the 14th country to ratify the Escazú Agreement, the first region-wide environmental treaty targeting Latin America and the Caribbean. The lower house of ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Climate-adaptation gap worries region

Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean are living a global-warming paradox. The region currently accounts for less than 1% of world greenhouse-gas emissions, yet is ......

Q&A

Head of Chile Nature Fund outlines initiative’s purpose and plans

Eugenio Rengifo is executive director of the Chile Nature Fund, a public-private conservation initiative launched in April. Modeled in part on Costa Rica’s Forever Costa ......