A deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on Aug. 23, 2019.
Carl De SouzaA/FP via Getty Images
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.
Schneyder Mendoza/AFP via Getty Images
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.
Erneseto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images
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.
Insights/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
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.
Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty Images
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.
The Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. The sheer number of seracs gives the impression that the glacier’s surface is covered in dragon scales.
The parable of the dragons underlines the need to apprehend glacier disappearance in a transdisciplinary way, to create a dialogue between the physical, ecological and philosophical sciences.
Chileans celebrate victory after the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 25, 2020.
Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images
After a year of unrest Chileans voted decisively on Oct. 25 to replace their constitution, a relic of the military dictator Pinochet. Civilians, half of them women, will write the new constitution.
‘Chile Decides’ whether to change its military dictatorship-era constitution at a popular referendum on Oct. 25.
Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
On Oct. 25 Chile will decide whether to replace its dictatorship-era constitution with a new one written wholly by the Chilean people. The vote shows how protests can change the course of a nation.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
On Isla Hornos, Magellan’s beech trees grow in wind-protected nooks and crannies.
A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.
Wuilber Machaca, a quinoa farmer who lives in the Aymara community of Huancarani in Peru’s Puno region.
As the twin crises of climate change and Covid-19 continue to unfold, a traditional crop can help South American communities preserve biodiversity and their heritage.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country.
AFP via Getty Images
Tiny Guyana hoped to see unprecedented wealth this year as ExxonMobil's offshore wells began pumping out crude. Instead, it got a pandemic and political strife. Other oil states are struggling, too.
Angel de Jesus/AP/AAP
Latin America now has about 6 million COVID-19 cases – 30% of the global total. But some cities have fared much worse than others, largely due to the quality of government and community responses.