Category Archives: Environmental Issues in the Americas

The Complex Web of Environmental Devastation in the Amazon

The New York Times recently ran a story on the issue of piracy on the Amazon River. It offers glimpses into a lot of issues pertinent to the region and to Brazil more generally – ongoing poverty and inequality, and its role in … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Inequalities in the Americas

Around Latin America

-In spite of a recent attack that left 13 Colombian soldiers dead, peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC continue, in an attempt to end civil war and conflict that has lasted nearly 50 years and left tens … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Two former executives from Ford in Argentina have been charged (among other things) with having ties to the abduction of 24 workers for Ford during the military regime of 1976-1983. -El Salvador’s presidential election is shaping up to be a … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Marking the first major protest of the year, over 100,000 Chilean students took to the streets to continue to push for educational reform, an issue that has garnered much support and been a consistent problem for conservative president Sebastian Pinera. … Continue reading

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Drones and the Environment in Latin America

While the debate over the use of drones in the US confronts the issue of extrajudicial killings, in Latin America, the drone debate has a less-sinister and potentially more-useful tenor to it: [T]here are increasing signs that unmanned aerial vehicles … Continue reading

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Around Latin America [Updated]

-Early reports are saying 245 232 people died in a nightclub fire last night in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Somewhere between 300 and 400 people were reportedly at the event, a party … Continue reading

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Today’s Depressing Climate Change News – Glaciers Edition

In addition to leading to drought that is killing off a not-insignificant part of the Amazonian rainforest, climate change is also accelerating the melting of the Andean glaciers in South America, and recent rates suggest many glaciers may completely disappear. … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Issues in the Americas, South America

Around Latin America

-In Mexico, families of some of the more than 20,000 people missing due to drug violence or other causes asked the federal government to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue. -As the FARC announced that its ceasefire will end on January … Continue reading

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-While Hugo Chávez’s health is increasingly in question as he underwent surgery for cancer yet again, his political vision appears to remain alive. In gubernatorial elections yesterday in Venezuela, his political coalition won 20 of the 23 elections for state … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Urbanization and Deforestation in the Amazon

The New York Times’ Simon Romero has an excellent piece up on the recent urban growth in the Amazonian region of Brazil. The Amazon has been viewed for ages as a vast quilt of rain forest interspersed by remote river outposts. But … Continue reading

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