Central and South America

Ecologists and planners have been warning that water may be the oil of the 21st century. With oil prices plunging, water is getting more dear in some places. Sao Paulo, Brazil's great megacity and economic heart, is already facing a dire shortage.
Feb 20, 2015   New York Times
Lauren Gravitz explores the importance of demonstrating the economic viability of cultural tourism to safeguarding historic sites in Peru and Bolivia.
Apr 16, 2012   Fast Coexist
William Booth reports on the improbable growth of bike culture in a city long known for its choking air and anarchic traffic.
Apr 12, 2012   The Washington Post
Damien Cave reports on Mexico City's ambitious efforts to reduce pollution and beautify the city through the planting of vertical gardens, and other progressive pollution reducing measures.
Apr 11, 2012   The New York Times
Vincent Bevins reports on recent efforts by Brazil's leaders to modernize the country's transportation network, and ease the gridlock entangling the country.
Apr 10, 2012   Los Angeles Times
In spite of international recognition from planners and transit officials, Bogotá's bus rapid transit system faced riots this month over high fares and overcrowding, Eric Jaffe reports.
Mar 24, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
Diana Lind previews the 2012 Earth Summit being held in 100 days in Rio, and argues why one of the year's most significant climate change conferences should receive more attention.
Mar 12, 2012   Next American City
Pete Swabey tells the tale of the development of smart city technology by IBM and Cisco, which has now reached a point of maturation in which significant lessons, economic opportunities, and future applications can be discerned.
Mar 5, 2012   Information Age
Recent liberalization of the country's property ownership rules by President Raul Castro have unleashed decades of pent-up demand for real estate and construction in Cuba, reports Victoria Burnett.
Feb 20, 2012   The New York Times
Stunning archaeological discoveries made in Brazil in recent years have upended conventional wisdom about the forests of the western Amazon.
Jan 17, 2012   The New York Times
On the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Sara Miller Llana assesses the rebuilding effort.
Jan 12, 2012   The Christian Science Monitor