aerial view of the Amazon river

The Environment

Fall 1998 | Volume I, Number 1

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Environment in Latin America

The Environment in Latin America

This issue of the DRCLAS NEWS deals with some of the environmental problems of Latin America, one of the priorities of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies…

Books

Crossings

Crossings

“Are you an American,” asked the U.S. immigration officer at the check-point crossing to enter El Paso from Ciudad Juárez. “Yes,” I affirmed without hesitation. He inspected me, and instantly…

Comings and Goings

Environment

The Urban 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 Environment

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

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

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 Education

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

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

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

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

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…