March 2020

Region (Free Read)

Could a zoonotic pandemic start in Latin America?

As a newly identified coronavirus sweeps the world, Latin American countries have had a slight advantage. The virus, SARS-CoV-2, emerged in China, country-hopped in Asia ......

Brazil

Brazilian sanctuary giving elephants room to roam

Mara, a 3.5-ton, 54-year-old female Asian elephant, has lived in captivity at Argentina’s Buenos Aires Zoo for a quarter century. While she has provided an ......

Mexico

Sheinbaum boosting solar power, curbing plastic

For decades, widespread littering and air contamination have bedeviled greater Mexico City, the western hemisphere’s second largest metropolitan area behind São Paulo, Brazil. But hopes ......

Argentina

Argentine anti-mining forces flex their muscles

Alberto Fernández donned Argentina’s presidential sash last Dec. 10 against a sobering economic backdrop, with the country’s public debt surpassing US$300 billion, or 88.8% of ......

Chile

Chile’s last coal mine facing permanent closure

Shipments of the remaining coal from what until recently was Chile’s last functioning coal mine were set to take place this month following court rulings ......

Around the Region

Inhotim founder is cleared in money-laundering case

A Brazilian appeals court last month absolved Bernardo Paz, founder of the Inhotim Institute, an acclaimed environment-themed art and botanical garden complex in the east-central ......

Centerpiece

Reforestation institute finds room to grow

In December of 1990, renowned Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia visited his family’s former cattle ranch for the first time in over ......

Q&A

Argentine researcher questions the value of extractive industries

Maristella Svampa of Argentina studies Latin American socio-environmental movements opposing open-pit mining and other large-scale extractive projects. A researcher with a philosophy degree from Argentina’s ......