Category: Environment, The Environment

The Urban Environment

Urbanization has transformed Latin America over the last forty years. Its cities, always diverse and lively, have now also become chaotic and centers of social conflict. Millions of subsistence…

The Environmental Agenda in Latin America

f the eighties was the decade of economic reforms, and the nineties that of political and social reforms, the 21st century will be that of environmental concerns. Environmental integrity…

The Environment

In planning my schedule for the weeks of research I spent on the U.S.-Mexican border this summer, I knew I would have to factor traffic into my plans. This was certainly on my mind as…

The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden

The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, about three-quarters of an hour outside the Cuban city of Cienfuegos at the “Pepito Tey” sugar complex, welcomes visitors to a park-like setting of palms…

La Planada

Guillermo Cantillo was sitting on the porch of the administrative offices at La Planada, Colombia, where I found him enjoying a sunny afternoon. He remarked that we had to take advantage of…

Environmental Ethics and Latin America

Environmental issues have become a central focus of public policy in the United States and around the world.The countries of Latin America know from experience that environmental…

Environmental Education

Majestic mountains tower over a small community of pink, lime green and pale blue houses. Children play baseball with a rolled-up sock for a ball; women are sweeping their patios and…

Environment, Indians, and Oil

An Indian leader from the Upper Amazon recently commented to me that the whole issue of the environment, Indians, and oil companies had taken on global mythical proportions. He was partly…

El Salvador Challenge

Over the past few years, El Salvador has accomplished what can only be described as a political and economic miracle. Peace accords were concluded, ending a decade-long destructive civil…

Ecology, Art, and Home

Growing up in the Argentine Pampas gave me a great appreciation for even the simplest materials. As a little girl, I would sit in the dirt of the sun-scorched patio and admire the plain dirt…

An Ecologist in Cuba

On a snowy afternoon in February, we embarked on an Iliushin airplane that would take Richard Levins and myself from Montreal to Havana. At first I was apprehensive about getting on an old…

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