July 2018

Finance

Study eyes national development banks’ impact

National development banks in countries such as China and Brazil are increasingly providing financing for infrastructure projects in South America. Because of a lack of ......

Argentina

Rough sledding in implementation of glacier law

It’s official: Argentina has 16,968 glaciers, and collectively they cover 8,484 square kilometers (3,276 sq. miles) in the country’s portion of the Andean mountain chain. ......

Rights

Agricultural expansion fueling murders in region

A record number of people defending environmental and land rights, the majority of them Latin Americans, were murdered worldwide in 2017, the deadliest year on ......

Forests

Heavy tropical tree-cover loss in region in 2017

A 2016 peace agreement in Colombia continues to fuel huge amounts of forest clearing as ranchers, farmers and land speculators move into Amazonian areas previously ......

Ecuador

Conflicting rulings on two fronts in Chevron case

The 25-year battle by Ecuadorian indigenous communities to make energy giant Chevron pay for oilfield pollution of their Amazon rainforest lands prompted conflicting court action ......

Around the Region

Uruguayan researchers decry imposition of “Muzzle Decree”

Scientists from Uruguay’s University of the Republic are protesting a decree that gives government officials powers of approval over water-resource studies, new clout that some ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Mangrove seen as weapon in climate war

To the untrained eye, the mangroves of the Gulf of California appear to be little more than ragged bushes held aloft by scraggly, finger-like roots ......

Q&A

IUNC expert says now is time for action on species conservation

Jon Paul Rodríguez, a Venezuelan biologist, heads a key working group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global network of governments ......