April 2022

Mexico

Rebuff of power plan is not end of story in Mexico

The defeat of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s bid to enshrine state control of the electricity sector in the country’s constitution has brought scant ......

Region (Free Read)

More protection sought for whale “blue corridors”

Marine mammal scientists are stepping up calls for action to safeguard whales in Latin American waters and around the world, citing rising threats to the ......

Colombia

Green issues under debate in Colombian election

Environmental issues loomed unusually large on Colombia’s political agenda as the country prepared for first-round presidential elections on May 29. That’s partly because current President Iván ......

Brazil

Bolsonaro using Ukraine war to push mining bill

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tried a new tactic last month to promote a long-stalled, highly controversial bill to allow mining on indigenous lands: He argued ......

Argentina-Uruguay

Argentina, Uruguay plan side-by-side river parks

U.S. philanthropist Gilbert Butler first visited the islands of the Uruguay River while kayaking in 2019 through El Potrero, a private reserve in Argentina’s Entre ......

Around the Region

Chaves wins runoff for Costa Rican presidency

Former World Bank economist Rodrigo Chaves won Costa Rica’s presidential runoff election on April 3, defeating longtime sustainable-development advocate José María Figueres. Chaves won with ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Once-vaunted parks system now in crisis

In March of 2017 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro established what on paper is one of the world’s largest national parks to honor his predecessor as ......

Q&A

Bolivia’s Alipaz sees government complicity in illegal gold mining

Alarms are sounding over illegal gold mining on Latin American protected areas and indigenous lands. The concern is intense in Bolivia, where such mining is ......