LatAm perspectives on climate finance and the COP21 summit

Latin America has been called the “squeezed middle” in global climate policy circles. The region is not a big emitter like some major countries in Asia, nor is it as in need of as much development assistance as some countries in Africa. Here the insights of four experts on climate finance

Time to Bring Cuba Online

Millions of Cuban citizens could have affordable access to the Internet in a matter of months. The only thing keeping the island in the digital Dark Ages is a lack of political will. Cuban officials have long blamed the American embargo for their nation’s obsolete telecommunications systems. They no longer have that excuse.

Down by the riverside

Rosario embodies much of the best and some of the worst of Argentina. Most big cities in Spanish-speaking America were founded by a conquistador. But Rosario just sprang up, in the mid-19th century.

Brazil toxic mud 'devastated forests'

Toxic mud from the dam that collapsed in Brazil earlier this month destroyed a vast area of natural vegetation, the environment minister says. The toxic mud has now reached the Atlantic Ocean, about 500km (310 miles) away from the area where the dam collapsed

Handing Civilians the Keys to a Guatemalan Forest

Ranchers, loggers and smugglers all threaten tropical forests, but in areas given to local communities, the deforestation rate is close to zero, a study finds. An experiment in the Maya Biosphere Reserve is testing whether the most effective way to protect forests is to give control of them to those who already live there.