February 2019

Brazil

Vale accused of suppressing dam-safety concerns

To hear Brazilian mining giant Vale describe it, the catastrophic Jan. 25 collapse of one of its iron-ore tailings dams in Minas Gerais state was ......

U.S.–Mexico (Free Read)

Fencing plans seen as blow to Rio Grande habitat

Opposition to Trump administration plans for dozens of miles of new boundary fencing in the biodiverse Lower Rio Grande Valley is intensifying as government-hired contractors ......

Chile

‘Sacrifice zones’ prompt green-crimes bill in Chile

Last August, unidentified emissions of a gaseous substance sickened 1,359 people in Quintero and Puchuncaví, two communities 13 kilometers (eight miles) apart in central Chile’s ......

Haiti

Private Haitian reserve created amid forest crisis

The creation of a private reserve within a national park might normally be grounds for suspicion, given the potential for conflict between private and public ......

Mexico

Monterrey air-quality woes spur a call for action

The steep green peaks of the Sierra Madre mountains that encircle Monterrey, Mexico are one of the city’s defining features—when, that is, they can be ......

Around the Region

Brazilian environment minister calls Chico Mendes “irrelevant”

The United Nations Environment Programme named him a Global 500 Roll of Honour Award winner in 1987. Paul McCartney dedicated a 1989 song, “How Many ......

Centerpiece

Discovering downsides to bird-trade curbs

Parrots packed in plastic tubes in carry-on luggage, dozens of hummingbirds preserved in salt—even eggs taped to a traveler’s body for warmth. Bird smugglers have ......

Q&A

Lack of community consultation a factor in violence, official says

Of the record 201 killings of land and environmental defenders worldwide in 2017, 60% occurred in Latin America, the nonprofit Global Witness says. Guatemala has ......