Illegal mining in Venezuela threatens to contaminate fish stocks in South America, Caribbean

Riverine communities along Venezuela's Orinoco River that rely on fish as a major source of food and additional income are losing out to an upsurge of mining activity that is in some cases controlled...

‘We’re seeing greater concern for communities and the environment, much more than before’

BN Americas By Tania Herrera Many countries in Latin America are struggling to overcome environmental and social conflicts that are delaying mine expansions and long-term projects. In Peru, social conflicts have shelved projects by Newmont, Southern Copper, Bear...

UN: States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration

International Day of the Indigenous Peoples, August 9, 2018 UN press release GENEVA/NEW YORK (7 August 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a...

Peru’s vast lithium discovery: A risky economic boon?

A vast deposit of hard-rock lithium could bring riches to Peru, but it also poses environmental and societal questions. The megaproject would take place in an archeological zone that is also rife with poverty. DW An...

Latin America’s environmental challenge

Peru’s indigenous Andean and Amazonian women are driving an economy based on distribution and ancestral knowledge about ecology, the environment and culture, which enables them to live in harmony with nature. Now they are...

UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate...

Millions of small-scale farmers will be better equipped to withstand the negative impacts of climate change while at the same time improving livelihoods, thanks to a new global push by the United Nations agriculture...

Efforts to reduce air and climate pollutants in Latin America could reap immediate health...

Poor air quality and climate change are already impacting vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the Latin American and Caribbean region, resulting in premature deaths, crop losses and ecosystem damage. Implementing measures to reduce...