June 2018

Mexico

Water reserves decreed in Mexico before election

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on June 6 issued a set of decrees that establish water reserves for hundreds of the country’s drainage basins. Officials ......

Venezuela

Venezuelan crisis ups pressure on protected areas

When the Venezuelan government in the early 2000s began allowing organized communities to move onto idle land, supporters celebrated the measure for enabling landless people ......

Ecuador

Ecuadorian judge halts controversial mine project

A civil-court judge in southern Ecuador has ordered the suspension of construction of a gold and silver mine that in 2016 was designated as one ......

Region

Resistance in region to strict ship-emission curbs

Freighters may seem specks in the vast ocean, but if the global shipping fleet were a country, it would be the world’s sixth-largest emitter of ......

Chile

Second chance for Chilean mine and port project

In August 2017, then-President Michelle Bachelet of Chile sided with opponents of a mining and related port-construction project in the northern Coquimbo Region that was ......

Around the Region

Scientists monitoring impact of volcanic eruption on Galápagos

Ecuador’s La Cumbre volcano, located on Fernandina Island in the western portion of the Galápagos archipelago, erupted on June 16, and as of press time ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

New tourism model urged in Quintana Roo

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo is drawing ever-growing legions of international tourists attracted to its aquamarine waters and white-sand beaches—the ideal antidote, in their ......

Q&A

Muñoz stresses waste control, forest biocommerce and oversight

Fabiola Muñoz, Peru’s new environment minister, believes people respond more quickly to problems when they “feel the pain.” So after taking office on April 2, ......