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Detailed, long-form reports featuring current events in the Americas and crafted by our correspondents deployed throughout the region.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • California Becomes Ground Zero for Wildfires 

    Wildfire season in the U.S. normally runs from June to November. But this year began with frightening numbers and some very destructive activity early on. Mike Kirsch deployed to what has become ground zero for wildfires. The state of California.   

  • Rainforest Guardians are Ready to Fight Against Climate Change

    An alliance of indigenous forest dwellers around the world has committed to curbing carbon emissions. Harris Whitbeck went to Panama to meet with some guardians of the rainforests fighting against climate change.  

  • The Parana River is at its Lowest Level in Living Memory

    The Parana River in South America is the second-longest river. It runs almost 5 thousand kilometers through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. But the Parana is at its lowest levels since the 1940s. Joel Richards reports on the economic and social impacts. 

  • Communities in Southern Mexico are protecting endangered Military Macaws

    Protecting endangered species is a constant battle in Latin America, especially because of animal trafficking. According to the World Wildlife Fund, animal population sizes have dropped 94% in the last 50 years, the largest fall in any part of the planet. The most trafficked animals are birds. Th...

  • Lagoon of Seven Colors in Mexico threatened by development

    Mexico´s Lake Bacalar, on the border with Belize, attracts tourists from across the world. The lake is famous for its stunning colors. This geographical wonder is also a scientific gem concealing a unique organism. But as tourists come to see its crystal-clear waters, Alasdair Baverstock reports ...

  • Nicaragua Miskito People Facing the Worst of Climate Change

    In November 2020, brutal back-to-back hurricanes smashed into Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, knocking down homes and trees and washing away beaches. The ferocity of the storms, and their frequency, scientists say, are signs of climate change. If this is the new normal, then Central America is set t...

  • Brazilian Artist Seeks to Provoke With His Art

    Thought-provoking artist Eduardo Srur aims at taking people out of their comfort zones to make them question their reality. He feels optimistic about his work and the power it has to transform future generations. Correspondent Maria Vals has his story.

  • Colombian Locals Make Rehabilitation of Trafficked Monkeys their Life's Work

    According to the United Nations, one of the top 5 most profitable illicit businesses on the planet is illegal wildlife trafficking. It ranks 4th after narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking.  One Colombian community in the Amazon is making a difference by rehabilitating orphaned monkeys that h...

  • Erratic rainfall in Honduras

    During the last few years, it’s been a challenge for residents of Honduras to identify the “rainy season.” Rainfall in the country has become so unpredictable. It’s a concern because it’s affecting agriculture and food supply too.

  • Former Guerilla Fighters Bring Tourism to the Jungle 

    The rainforest and mountains in southern Colombia are home to stunning scenery and unique species. But for decades tourists weren't able to go there because of the armed conflict. Now former FARC guerrillas have become tour guides and are teaching others about the land that used to be their refug...

  • Creative solutions to cultivating crops during severe drought

    According to some scientists, the severe drought conditions observed across most of the U.S. and northern Mexico in 2021 are forecasted to get worse in the years ahead. A combination of high temperatures and long periods without rain caused what climate experts describe as "near catastrophic farm...

  • When Being Poor Co-exists with Dangers

    In the Caribbean and Latin America, 1 out of every 5 people are living in slums. These slums are also often referred to as "informal settlements" within cities. For a poverty-stricken population, the low cost of living in these neighborhoods and the chance to make a home, outweigh the dangers and...

  • Mechatronic Reforestation could be a Weapon to Fight Climate Change 

    Brazilian entrepreneur, Marcelo Guimaraes, has invented what he claims is the fastest tree-planting machine on earth. Fast enough, he says, to realistically address climate change.  His third-generation version of the planting machine, called Forest Bot, can plant multiple species of trees at a s...

  • A relentless drought on the Colorado River

    Northern Mexico and the west coast of the United States are suffering from an historic drought. The lack of rain is drying up reservoirs and rivers. Crops are suffering too, and there's one water source, farmers and scientists are really worried about- the Colorado River. Correspondent Xu Dezhi h...

  • Repsol Oil Spill is Devastating Peru’s Delicate Ecosystems

    In mid-January, 2022, an oil spill covered Peru’s coast just north of the capital Lima. Peru has called it “The worst environmental disaster in recent history.”
    It happened when an oil tanker was discharging oil into the La Pampilla refinery controlled by the Spanish energy giant Repsol. 
    Peru’s ...

  • Preserving the Mayan-Era Melipona Bee

    Bees have been around for literally thousands of years, producing sweet honey but, more importantly, helping keep our planet sustainable. 
    In Guatemala, one particular species of the honey bee harks back to the time of the ancient Mayan civilization, more than three thousand years ago. 
    Efforts a...

  • Brazil’s efforts to Rethink Energy Models Have Sugar in Mind

    Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest nation, and one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy. Nearly 12% of the planet’s freshwater flows in Brazil, so hydropower generates 61% of the country’s electricity.  So, when climate phenomena like La Nina -a warming of the Pacific Ocean- are associated...