May 2022

Region

‘Pharmaceutical fingerprint’ seen in region’s rivers

Antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-anxiety medicines, anticonvulsant drugs—any medications humans take eventually make their way into rivers and streams. A new global study found pharmaceuticals in ......

Mexico (Free Read)

Impacts of Mexican agroforestry drive scrutinized

When Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador launched Sembrando Vida, his signature initiative to address rural poverty and environmental degradation through agroforestry, he described the ......

Chile

Amid some concerns, Chile ramps up desalination

With its rainfall languishing below historical levels for more than a decade, Chile has been looking increasingly to its extensive coastline for relief in the ......

Paraguay

Aviation-biofuel plant project debated in Paraguay

Plans for the construction in Paraguay of a US$1 billion aviation-biofuel refinery is drawing questions about its possible environmental and social impacts. The Omega Green ......

U.S.–Mexico

Settlement boosts Tijuana River cleanup projects

Stakeholders say a recent legal settlement will help curb water pollution along the Tijuana-San Diego portion of the U.S.-Mexican border. Three lawsuits filed in 2018 pitted ......

Around the Region

“Surprise” hunting decree gets pushback in Uruguay

When it comes to hunting, Uruguay is seen as occupying the permissive end of the spectrum. The impression was reinforced this month with the implementation of ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Scientists urge holistic view of Pantanal

The Pantanal, one of the world’s largest freshwater wetlands, could face ecological, economic and social collapse due largely to the cumulative effects of seemingly isolated ......

Q&A

Argentine crop scientist assesses state of transgenic agriculture

Drought-tolerant wheat is about to reach the world marketplace, and drought-tolerant soy is not far behind. That’s due in no small part to Raquel Chan, ......