Coal mine near Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Australia supported a phase-out of fossil fuels at the recent UN climate summit but is still expanding coal and gas production. It’s a contradiction that threatens the planet. There is a better way.
Migrants heading north arrive in Panama on Oct. 6, 2023, after walking across the 100-kilometre stretch of treacherous jungle shared by Colombia and Panama known as the Darien Gap.
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Migrants who cross the treacherous Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia often experience violence and abuse, extortion or detention by migration authorities.
Debt swaps in some countries have involved commitments to protect the ocean.
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Many small island nations are struggling to protect their land from rising seas while also facing paralyzing debt.
Tourists cross a hanging bridge in the treetops of Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest.
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Tourism revenues account for almost 10% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. New research shows that charismatic wildlife is necessary but not sufficient to attract ecotourists.
The graffiti on the building reads, ‘The rich abort, the poor die.’
As debates about abortion heat up in the U.S. once again, we need to pay attention to the hard-fought struggles over abortion in other nations where religion plays a key role in politics and public life.
Children play in Las Flores village, Comitancillo, Guatemala, home of a 22-year-old migrant murdered in January 2021 on his journey through Mexico.
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Biden’s $4 billion plan to fight crime, corruption and poverty in Central America is massive. But aid can’t build viable democracies if ‘predatory elites’ won’t help their own people.
A group of refugees living on the pavement near the Cape Town Central Police Station on the first day of a national coronavirus lockdown, March 27, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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From getting schooling for their children through an app in the wrong language to trouble finding gloves and masks, refugees across the globe face different challenges in dealing with the coronavirus.
Hydroelectric power has helped Costa Rica ditch fossil fuels.
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We asked some climate researchers what kept them hopeful in 2019.
Tourist are a high-risk group for drownings.
Just because a beach is accessible, has restaurants, lounge chairs and vendors, and is near a resort, does not mean it’s safe.
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Sloths love Cecropia trees. But a new study shows they may sometimes desert their favourite for other species.
Exuberance in San Jose on the eve of the second round vote.
Why use bullets when you have crayons?
Progressive values won in Costa Rica – for now, at least.
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Nearly 40 percent of voters in Costa Rica supported an anti-gay evangelical for president. Maybe progressive Costa Rica is more like its troubled neighboring countries than it once seemed.
Latin America’s era of the woman president is over. What have we learned?
New research on Latin America’s four recent female presidents disproves the idea that merely putting a woman in power will improve gender equality.
There is hope for a different kind of bank – that serves the public and shareholder good.
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is a hub for international corporate headquarters and local startups.
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The 2017 Global Innovation Index shows that most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean could do much more to tap their innovation potential
‘My body does not need your opinion’.
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The case of a 12-year-old Costa Rican girl, who was raped by her father and denied an abortion, is dividing a nation that prides itself on its human rights record.
Workers wash freshly harvested bananas on a banana plantation near Parrita, Costa Rica.
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While Costa Ricans pride their country for being an oasis of stability in Latin America, the nation has struggled with restrictive laws and social attitudes toward immigrants from Nicaragua.
A man flies a kite at the Peace Park in San José, Costa Rica.
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Environmental sustainability has a role in increasing national well-being.
Slow-moving, strategic sloths.
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Sloths have been moving slowly for 64m years.
Panama City, Panama. The gleaming metropolis reflects a rapid economic growth with a marginal national investment in research and development.
Carlos A. Donado Morcillo
In the midst of a rapidly growing economy, research budget shortcomings threaten a young scientific community that struggles to stay afloat.