March 2021

Caribbean

Region’s stony corals face pandemic of their own

A disease that infects and rapidly kills stony corals is spreading across the Caribbean, alarming scientists and prompting government responses that could include the underwater ......

Colombia (Free Read)

Hippos get all too comfortable in Colombia’s wilds

Pablo Escobar, the notorious head of the Medellín drug cartel, visited all manner of misfortune on Colombia, most notably corruption and violence. Less well known ......

Brazil

Report links beef suppliers to 2020 Pantanal fires

Brazil’s three largest beef processors have bought cattle from ranches linked by satellite data to 2020 fires that destroyed a third of the Pantanal, one ......

Chile

Chile’s Kawésqar people win aquaculture case

The indigenous Kawésqar people of Chile, who for centuries inhabited and traveled among islands in Pacific waters near South America’s southern tip, are battling a ......

U.S.–Mexico

Water worries mount in Middle Rio Grande Basin

If water use in the Middle Rio Grande Basin continues at its current pace, hydrological resources in the region will become steadily scarcer, concludes a ......

Around the Region

Debt-for-nature swap pitched for Galápagos

Under the slogan “with the sea in our heart,” scientists, conservationists, tour guides and national and international advocacy groups are promoting a debt-for-nature swap aimed ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

No let-up of illegal logging in Pará state

In Brazil these days, Covid-19 isn’t the only destructive force characterized by a relentless spread and a feckless government response. The same can be said ......

Q&A

Resisting timber traffickers’ pressure takes steep personal toll

Osvalinda Alves Pereira is a small farmer in Areia, a settlement established for landless peasants in the northern Brazilian state of Pará. Areia settlers are ......