Environment
Colombia is among the world's most dangerous countries for land and environmental activists. A recent court ruling may help diffuse tensions.
An interview with Manuel Pulgar Vidal on the region's role at this week's UN climate talks.

Months-long protests against a copper mining project in Peru’s Arequipa region continued yesterday in the city of Mollendo, as close to 150 mourners joined the funeral procession of Victoriano Huayna Mina.

Participating in the fifth-annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on July 14th, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala asked that European countries sanction European-based mining companies that commit labor abuses in Peru. Humala’s comments come after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the two countries’ bilateral relationship.

The Conference of Montreal’s theme this year focused on dealing with what organizers call the “next era of growth.” With the Great Recession behind us, there remain concerns about whether the right conditions exist for sustained global growth. It is clear that the financial crisis of 2008-2009 left its scars, and growth patterns remain inconsistent in both developed and emerging economies.

Though small in comparison to other disasters, the spill from the Antamina mine in Peru’s Ancash region affected the health of many living around the site. A photo essay:

Latin American leaders from across the region voiced critical concerns this week at the UN Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference about the industrialized world’s responsibility to tackle a wide range of environmental problems from climate change to deforestation.

The Rio+20 summit is a global coming-out party for Brazil. But could the government's controversial environmental policies be a black mark on its hosting status?

Top stories this week are likely to include: G-20 economic summit in Los Cabos; Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro; the hemisphere reacts to Obama’s immigration policy shift; South Korea’s president and China’s premier embark on separate Latin America tours; and Humala’s approval hits a new low.

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