Dawn in Serra do Mar, Brazil.
For one of Earth’s most biodiverse forests, 21,000 years of natural change pale in comparison to modern, man-made climate breakdown.
On the campaign trail, Pedro Castillo often wore a straw-palm hat typical of Peru’s rural Cajamarca region, where he is from.
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Castillo is a farmer and teacher who has never held national office. Peru is a nation in political turmoil, with the world’s worst COVID-19 death rate. Can this unlikely leader lead it through crisis?
The knowledge generated by scientists must be shared equally worldwide.
We need to guarantee that the benefits of sciences are shared between scientists and the general public, without restriction. Peru and Brazil are leading the way.
A soldier stands guard in front of the Brazilian national flag on Army Day in Sao Paulo, 18 April 2019.
Don’t be fooled by the recent resignation of three members of the military in Brazil – the country is heading down an increasingly militarised path.
Over 40% of all insects, like this tropical dragonfly, are in decline.
New data from tropical and subtropical regions suggests insects are declining thanks to dammed rivers
Coprophanaeus lancifer, a large seed-disperser dung beetle in the Amazon.
We know surprisingly little about the millions of animals, plants and birds that live in the Amazon – here’s how we can understand them better.
With the evidence uncovered by paleontologists, an artist sketched El Bosque Petrificado Piedra Chamana as it might have looked long before humans.
Using remnants of fossilized trees, scientists and an artist figured out what the forest looked like long before humans existed.
A demonstration for peace in Buenaventura, Colombia, where a cartel turf war has left at least 30 people dead since the beginning of this year.
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A lethal turf war between drug traffickers has terrorized Buenaventura, Colombia for months. Now protesters are demanding the government’s help to protect people in this mostly Black city.
A deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on Aug. 23, 2019.
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Because Brazil’s economic prosperity in the last two decades is increasingly linked to the Amazon’s good health, restoring the country’s economy is a critical first step toward ending deforestation.
Venezuelans wait at the Colombian border to be processed and housed in tents in 2020. All Venezuelans now in Colombia will receive a 10-year residency permit.
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Though not a rich country, Colombia is unusually well equipped to handle mass migration because of its own history with political strife and displacement.
Victims of forced sterilizations protest in Lima, Peru, in 2014. Public hearings to uncover this dark chapter of the Fujimori dictatorship began in January.
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Forced sterilization of Indigenous women was a covert part of ‘family planning’ under Fujimori. Over 200,000 Peruvians underwent tubal ligations between 1996 and 2001 – many without their consent.
Cash crop: Peruvian farmers looking over a field of coca seedlings.
Coca is illegal – and there are harsh penalties for cultivating it. But farmers whose families face poverty say they have no choice.
Brazilian politicians’ newfound embrace of Blackness leaves some of their Afro-Brazilian constituents skeptical.
A race-changing scandal raises suspicion about the motivations of 4,580 newly elected city council members and mayors who only recently began to identify as Black.
The head of a monumental stone statue from Tiwanaku, Bolivia.
Polished metal monoliths recently appeared in remote locations around the world. In some ways, they’re not unusual — standing stones have been important in many historical cultures of the world.
Stratford Hall in Westmoreland, Virginia, where enslaved cook and chocolatier Caesar lived and worked in the kitchen.
There’s a bittersweet history to chocolate in America. At one plantation museum in Virginia, the story of enslaved chocolatier Caesar shows the oppression that lay behind the elite’s culinary treat.
Llamas In a pen, Pasajes, Tarija, Bolivia.
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Llama toys, therapy lamas, petting zoo llamas: llamas are hot in the US, surpassing unicorns in popularity, but their relationship with South American people stretches over 7,000 years.
The Amazon rainforest meets soybean fields in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.
Over spring and early summer, jacarandas and their purple haze line many Australian streets. But how much do you really know about them?
Art featuring the slain Rio politician Marielle Franco, whose 2018 murder remains unsolved.
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The 2018 murder of Rio city councilwoman Marielle Franco inspired record numbers of Black women to get involved in politics. Winning proved harder – but it isn’t the only point of their campaigns.
Demonstrators supporting the reform of the Chilean constitution, Santiago, October 25, 2020.
On October 25, Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted to replace the country’s dictator-era constitution. This is an opportunity to look at the process of drafting basic laws around the world.