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Colombian President-Elect Pledges to Shift Away from Fossil Fuels, Protect Amazon Rainforest

Written by Kimberly White  The future of one of the world’s most biodiverse countries may become a little greener following a surprising electoral victory. Gustavo...

From Desert to Forest: Indigenous Communities Restore 20,000 Hectares of Forest in Mexico

Written by: Juan Mayorga In Tepejillo, on one of the many hills in the southern Mexican municipality of San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, extreme erosion has...

Healing Coral: Harnessing the Power of NFTs to Fund Coral Restoration

Written by: Stella Muzin Healing Coral doesn't want to save the planet, they want to heal with it. This initiative, officially launched in April of...

3 Ways Colombians Are Making an Income While Restoring the Amazon Rainforest

Written by: Victoria Masterson The bioeconomy is becoming big business in Colombia. By protecting and restoring the Amazon rainforest – and cultivating some of its 80,000...

The Great Amazon Land Grab – How Brazil’s Government is Turning Public Land Private,...

Written by: Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, Cynthia S. Simmons, and Robert T. Walker Imagine that several state legislators decide that Yellowstone National Park is too big....

Rights of Nature: Ecuador’s Highest Court Bars Mining Activity in Los Cedros Protected Forest

Written by: Kimberly White  Ecuador has moved to bar mining activity in the Los Cedros Protected Forest in a landmark case. The Constitutional Court of...

U.N. Science Panel Releases Initial Findings of Upcoming Overview of the Amazon

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra An international panel of 200 scientists has called for a halt to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, saying the...

Indigenous Groups Accuse Brazil’s Bolsonaro of Genocide, Call on the ICC to Investigate

Written by: Kimberly White Indigenous groups in Brazil are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for genocide and ecocide.  The...

Amazonian Deforestation Could Cost Brazilian Agribusiness Hundreds of Billions by 2050

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Augusta Dwyer A new study published in Nature Communications has quantified for the first time exactly how much deforestation decreases rainfall in...

Gabon and Costa Rica: International Environmental Law Must be Strengthened to Tackle Wildlife Crime,...

Written by: Kimberly White  Gabon and Costa Rica have joined together to call for more ambitious international environmental law to tackle wildlife crime.  The Intergovernmental Science-Policy...

Lessons Learned From a Decade of REDD+ in Guyana

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Gloria Pallares Guyana, meaning “land of water,” is one of the smallest, most densely forested countries in South America. It is...

Meet Coté Castañeda, the Recycling Expert that Connects People and Companies Contributing to the...

This profile is published in collaboration with Level Magazine Coté Castañeda is an industrial and civil engineer, and she is a dreamer and visionary of...

How Mexico City is Embracing Biodiversity

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Ming Chun Tang Wildlife and greenery aren’t Mexico City’s calling cards. But while the world’s fifth-largest metropolis is home to more than 21 million...

This Initiative is Paying Farmers and Ranchers to Combat Amazon Deforestation

Written by: Sibélia Zanon Establishing economic value for the service of preserving native vegetation and creating a new source of income for rural producers. These...

Chile’s Waste Bus Changes Throw-Away Societies

Written by: Alex Kirby If the climate crisis keeps you awake at night, the impact of what we casually throw away is sure to have...

This NGO is Tackling Brazil’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Using WhatsApp and Facebook

Written by: Peter Yeung In the tropical forest surrounding Alter do Chão, a Brazilian town located on a languid stretch of the Amazon River and...

How Germany and Costa Rica are Putting Nature at the Heart of their Recoveries

Written by: Natasha Ferrari and Klara Nilsson Decisions made by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine the future health, wellbeing and resilience...

Mexico Issues Historic Sustainable Development Goals Bond Valued at $890 Million

Written by: Kimberly White Mexico has taken a big step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), standing at the forefront of sustainable finance...

These South American Cities Join Global Pledge to Tackle Air Pollution

Written by: Kimberly White Two new cities have joined a global pledge for clean air. The Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, and the Mayor of...

Belize Bans Gill Nets, Expands Marine Reserve

Written by: Elizabeth Alberts Belize, a tiny Central American nation nestled beside the Caribbean Sea, is making giant strides in its ocean conservation efforts. In...

Mexico City Wins One Planet City Challenge, Recognized for Ambitious Climate Action

Written by: Kimberly White  Mexico City has been recognized for its work to combat the climate crisis. WWF has announced that Mexico City is the Global...

These Andean Communities are Helping Restore the World’s Highest Forests

Written by: Harry Kretchmer On the misty slopes of the High Andes, villagers are at work planting trees. Some have bundles of seedlings tied to their...

Farmers in Honduras and Costa Rica Learn Alternative to Slashing and Burning Rainforests

Written by: Stephanie Manuzak Rainforests are an important defense against climate change because they absorb carbon. But many are being destroyed on a massive scale. In...

New Institutional Arrangements in Climate Mitigation Programs Show Promise in Peruvian Amazon

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Julie Mollins Indigenous federations and the Peruvian government are confronting obstacles caused by conflicts over land-tenure rights to implement effective climate...

Peruvian Government Proposes New Marine Reserve Harboring 1,100 Species

Written by: Maria Salazar Under the sea, jutting into the Pacific from the southern Peruvian department of Ica, rises a mountain range called Dorsal...

Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster

Written by: Matthew Harris If you have turned on a TV or read the news during the past few months, you have probably heard of...

Tracking Bolivian Forest Fires: New App Launched May Aid Firefighter Response Time

Written by: John C. Cannon A new app aimed at tracking forest fires in Bolivia could shake up the way authorities and firefighters battle fires,...

Deforestation Intensifies Warming in the Amazon Rain Forest

Written by: Jim Daley Fires raging across the Amazon in recent weeks have gripped the world’s attention and renewed concerns over deforestation in this iconic...

New Initiative Launched to Protect Central America’s Five Great Forests

Written by: Kimberly White  Global Wildlife Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Society are working to save Mesoamerica’s five largest forests. The wildlife groups teamed up...

Costa Rica Named UN Champion of the Earth, Launches Global Coalition to Protect Nature

Written by: Kimberly White  Costa Rica has been awarded the 2019 UN Champion of the Earth award. The Central American country is recognized for its...

Climate breakdown is pushing Brazil’s iconic Araucaria tree to extinction – new research

Written by: Oliver Wilson For hundreds of thousands of years, the distinctive candelabra shapes of Araucaria trees (Araucaria angustifolia) have defined landscapes at the southern...

Panama Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Written by: Kimberly White  Panama’s plastic bag ban has gone into effect. Panama became the first Central American country to ban single-use plastic bags in...

Streets of Rio de Janeiro to be Free from Fossil Fuels by 2030

Written by: Kimberly White Best known for its beaches and annual Carnival, the city of Rio de Janeiro has taken a step in its battle...

Why Apple is investing in Colombia’s mangroves

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra This topic will be explored at the Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 on 22–23 June. Register to attend or tune-in...

Chile Joins the Plastics Pact Network

Written by: Kimberly White Chile has taken another step forward in their battle against plastic pollution. In April, the Plastics Pact network welcomed its first...

Chile President Sebastián Piñera Launches COP25 Climate Summit

Written by: Kimberly White On Thursday, April 11th, President Sebastián Piñera launched the COP25 climate change summit. Chile will be the host of the 2019...

Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay Join Battle Against Marine Plastic Pollution

Written by: Kimberly White Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay have joined the battle against marine plastic pollution this week at the United...

How to Empower Women By Being Change Agents

Written by Glenda Monge Alvarado Talks about sustainability with a gender focus are rarely found. Although gender equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),...