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Environmental Issues in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s greatest environmental threats concern its vanishing natural habitat and the resulting impact on soil erosion and wildlife. Reforestation efforts are under way in many of the island’s national parks and forest reserves, and organized efforts are under way to protect and rebuild endangered wildlife populations.

Another adorable West Indian manatee at a Florida sanctuary.

Guatemala’s Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge

Now is a great time to explore this area, as it’s clear tourism is still in its infancy. Activities include visits to the mangrove-lined canals of Bahía La Graciosa, Laguna Santa Isabel, and adjacent Canal Inglés for bird-watching and manatee-spotting.

Spiky isote plants grow on a steep hillside on a coffee plantation.

Environmental Issues in Guatemala

Despite conservation efforts, environmental issues can seem daunting at times. Al Argueta discusses deforestation, air quality, open-pit mining, and other issues threatening Guatemala’s natural resources.

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Taking Sweet, Sustainable Flight

Brazil is a notorious pioneer in the development and use of renewable biofuels. Veteran travel writer Michael Sommers discusses recent efforts to develop a sustainable alternative for airplane fuel.

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Environmental Issues in Argentina

Like other countries, Argentina suffers from environmental degradation. Here are some environmental issues the country is facing, from air and water pollution to deforestation and beyond.

An underwater photo of a manatee and calf.

Manatees and Airboats in the Everglades

After touring Florida’s Everglades via airboat, Laura Martone was cautioned about advertising such tours due to potential harm to endangered manatees. In this article, she explores the dangers airboats pose to manatees in the Everglades.

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Life Imitates Art: “Avatar” and The Amazon

Many viewers – particularly in Brazil – were quick to note the parallels between Avatar’s tale of an Edenic planet’s indigenous inhabitants struggling against the greed and corruption of an “advanced civilization”, and the very real encroachment of greedy developers upon the rich yet fragile Amazon ecosystem.

Water-conscious landscaping and a small shaped pool near rustic lodges.

Mexico Resorts Take Steps to Reduce Environmental Impact

The construction of new buildings often causes ecological damage and environmental resource strain, but it can also bring much needed stimulus to the employment market and local economy, especially in countries like Mexico where, in many parts, tourism is the main economy. Fortunately, some resorts are taking steps to lessen or reverse the inherent harm they cause.