May 2024

Panama (Free Read)

Key issue for Panama’s new president: water storage

As Panamanians chose a new president on May 5, showers marked the start of the rainy season, raising hopes that the country would exit a ......

Argentina

Court checks lithium-mining momentum in Argentina

The international press has made prominent mention of Argentine President Javier Milei’s support for expanded mining of lithium, a key ingredient in electric-vehicle batteries, and ......

Brazil

Vast floods in Rio Grande do Sul compounded by man

Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul struggled this month to emerge from widespread flooding that killed 169 people, injured 806, left 53 missing, ......

Region

Coral bleaching event taking toll on region’s reefs

Sea-temperature increases driven by climate change and the compounding influence of El Niño have bleached coral reefs around the world—including in the Americas, where coral ......

Colombia

Awá seek cleanup of land marred in pipeline attacks

The Indigenous Awá people are pressing Colombia’s state-owned oil company Ecopetrol, its transport subsidiary Cenit, and various state agencies, to conduct environmental remediation to reverse ......

Around the Region

Scientists find what might be smooth hammerhead nursery

Researchers think a small bay on the western side of the Galápagos island of Isabela might serve as a nursery for the smooth hammerhead shark ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Pressure builds to solve binational water woes

Water-quality prospects on the western end of the U.S.-Mexican border brightened in 2022, when a lawsuit involving a binational wastewater-treatment plant ended in a settlement ......

Q&A

Partnership pushes ecosystem restoration throughout Andean range

Constantino Aucca, a Peruvian biologist of Quechua origin, engaged for over two decades with Andean communities in ecosystem restoration. Then Global Forest Generation, a U.S.-based ......