Scientists fear Ecuador's rainforest is under threat from the bushmeat trade and illegal commercial hunting by the native Huaorani.
Damon Tabor on illegal gold mining activity in the jungles of French Guiana, where police all the way from France are trying to put an end to the practice.
Colombia's páramos, a unique highland ecosystem, has been described as the "water factory" of the Andes. But rampant, and sometimes illegal, coal mining is putting it in danger.
The páramos, a unique highland ecosystem, has been described as the “water factory” of the Andes. But rampant, and sometimes illegal, coal mining is putting it in danger.
The Colombian miners killed in an explosion last week are a stark reminder that mining-related deaths occur frequently in the country, where institutions are not equipped to enforce safety measures.
Many medical studies on people in developing countries are controversial under US regulations. Is the pharmaceutical industry profiting at the expense of research ethics?
Environmentalists are concerned about Colombia's booming mining sector, which is putting the country's strategic assets - like water - at risk. Mining also poses unprecedented health risks to workers and local populations.
As medical research spreads across cultures, what constitutes informed consent? One Peruvian woman's story illustrates the international debate over medical ethics in the developing world.
Dr. Herbert Cuba, president of the Peruvian Medical Association, advocates regulating drug companies in ways that do not block innovation.
With the price of gold skyrocketing, Brazilians have been crossing the border into the jungle of French Guiana, where illegal mine operations have been multiplying, in search of a new El Dorado.
Anna-Katarina Gravgaard's article, "The Water is Disappearing in Amazonas," appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. In it, she reports that the water levels in the Amazon river were at their lowest ever measured this year.
Efforts to protect Colombia's páramos, a fragile ecosystem and water source for the capital city of Bogotá, compete with development initiatives for political attention.