Americas Now | Environment

Americas Now | Environment

Stunning stories about the challenges and achievements of society in its effort to balance development with nature.

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Americas Now | Environment
  • Commercial fishing faces a crisis in Florida

    Florida brands itself as “The Fishing Capital of The World.” But in some areas, the “Sunshine State” is starting to see a depletion of its fish. John Zarrella went to the famous Florida Keys to find out why catching fish is harder now.

  • The Monumental Task of Cleaning Mexican Cenotes

    Mexico is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, with arid deserts and steamy jungles, raging coastlines and soaring mountain peaks. And in the Yucatan peninsula, a region home to the Mayan culture for millennia, local environmental activists are working to protect their unique subaquatic ...

  • Mexican Environmentalist Targeted With Violence

    Not so in Latin America. For years, it has been one of the world’s deadliest regions for environmental activists. Colombia usually tops this tragic list. Mexico is not far behind, with 18 activists assassinated in 2020. This year, Mexico is on track to surpass that grim record. Americas Now cor...

  • Using ancient Asian techniques to grow food in the rainforest

    Brazil is trying to accelerate its food production without causing damage to the Amazon. A small town in the country’s northern region has become a prototype to follow. The town uses Asian farming techniques applied over a century ago. Maria Valls reports.

  • Becoming an urban gardener in Argentina

    Between the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and high food prices, more and more people are rethinking the way they eat and produce. In fact, many in the city have been turning their backyards and balconies into urban gardens. Joel Richards explains how this trend is growing in Argentina.

  • The U.S. is the country with the highest number of nuclear reactors

  • Argentinean Youth Commit To The Climate Fight 

    A group of young adults in their early 20s and late teens have set in motion a youth movement focused on climate activism. Americas Now went to meet four members of Jovenes por el Clima -Youth for Climate.
    Since that day, the group has been growing rapidly. They have members across the country an...

  • Florida Scientists Breed Coral To Restore The Damaged Reef

    It's the third largest coral reef in the world but it’s the closest to a high-density population that can potentially cause coral disease. But a group of scientists from Miami University and the Florida Aquarium are embarking on a two-day restoration effort to monitor previously transplanted cora...

  • The relationship between soil and climate change

    When we talk about climate change we tend to focus on the quality of air, the weather and even the tides. We rarely think about what’s in the ground. Mike Kirsch went to Columbus, Ohio to meet with a scientist most knowledgeable about soil. 

  • Vaccination in the Galapagos Islands will bring back Tourism

    They serve as a treasure trove to scientists and a paradise for nature tourists. The Galapagos Islands.
    
Located 1000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, they feature plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world. On these islands, tourism has been the main industry for the 30,000 people...

  • Hunger in Central America Fuels Illegal Migration to the US 

    Earlier in 2021, nearly 8,000 migrants from Honduras tried to cross into Guatemala to join more Central Americans in a caravan attempting to reach the United States.
They were escaping the economic effects of a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that was only made worse when twin hurrican...

  • Islands of plastic floating off the coasts of Central America

    The accumulation of plastic debris on our oceans and rivers has led to the formation on garbage patches and floating islands non-biodegradable waste in open waters. In the Americas one of the worst cases happens out of the coast of Guatemala and Honduras. Harris Whitbeck reports.

  • Monarch Butterflies Migration Undisturbed by Humans in COVID-19 Lockdown

    As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, nature, it seems, hasn’t noticed much of a difference.
    While human society lives through the upheaval of the global COVID-19 pandemic, nature has continued here unperturbed.
    And when it comes to massive migrations, perhaps none is more impressi...

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens Hunger in Central America

    Some of the poorest communities in the Western hemisphere are located in Central America. For years, severe droughts have been causing widespread hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic made things worse when shutdowns severely cut back on economic growth. It's a situation that's repeated across Latin Amer...

  • Colombians are leading the way in water conservation

    As water scarcity becomes a growing concern around the world, community leaders and scientists in Colombia are leading the way in preserving water resources.

    In 1990, the country ranked fourth with the greatest resources of freshwater in the world.

    At the time, Colombia had more than 700,000 di...

  • Migrant Farm Workers in California Lack Safe Drinking Water

    More than a million residents in California -most of them Latino farm workers that make up the backbone of the agricultural workforce- don’t have safe drinking water in their homes and schools. 

    Scientists say the water is tainted with unsafe levels of arsenic and harmful pesticides such as 123 ...

  • Profile: Environmentalist Kris Tompkins

    Patagonia for over 20 years -Kris Tompkins gave it all back to Chile and Argentina, countries that had expanded their national parks. Correspondent Joel Richards profiled the woman behind one of the largest land donations in history. 

  • Oaxaca Mexico Crippled by Earthquakes and COVID-19

    One of the strongest earthquakes in Mexican history rocked the country in 2020. The epicenter was in the southern state of Oaxaca, an impoverished region where the damage was extensive.
    The timing couldn’t have been worse, coming in the middle of a pandemic that has
    devastated the Mexican econom...

  • A 30 years climate prediction is now a reality

    Three decades ago, in California, a group of scientists released a list of predictions on the future effects of climate change on the United States’ West Coast. They mentioned droughts, fires and floods.

    Correspondent Mike Kirsch went to find out what climate scientists today are projecting for...

  • Wood figurines feed Amazon forest communities

    They may be simple little images of local wildlife from Brazil’s Amazon rainforest but for those who sell them -- and for the tourists who buy them -- they’re more than just a trinket. These little figurines are helping feed hundreds of families -- while giving visitors an endearing memory of the...

  • Dam fears spark protests in Puerto Vallarta

    An idyllic spot near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where a mountain river meets the sea has long been loved for its wildlife and natural beauty. But a recent move by a local company to allegedly “dam up” the Los Horcones river sparked outrage and activism that went far beyond the town.   

    Local reside...

  • A polluted river causes severe health problems in Mexico

    The world’s rivers are some of the most vital natural resources, sustaining life wherever they flow. But in Mexico, one water body is causing real problems, making environmental concerns grow over industrial and urban development.

  • Could private conservationism save the Amazon?

    It’s a question that is becoming increasingly urgent as concern grows that the world’s largest original forest – a key defense against global warming – risks being destroyed by farming, logging and climate change.

    One solution may lie partly in private hands.

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    In 1990, the government ...

  • Crocodile whisperer rescuing crocs in Jamaica

    Crocodiles, no matter where they exist in the world, are an endangered species. Their habitat is being lost and they are being poached for their meat which in some cultures is seen as a delicacy. The state of the crocodile is no different on the Caribbean Island of Jamaica. The crocodile is disap...