On the Termination of Species: A Case for Biodiversity

As the planet grows to acknowledge the environmental issues of climate change and global warming, emphasis on the rising temperatures, sea levels, and weather impacts on human civilization have been at the forefront of raising awareness. If nothing else, the historical trend of mankind’s development has indicated our collective sense of self-importance, centering the issue…

El Tren Maya: A Railway of Social, Environmental, and Cultural Catastrophe

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Mexico’s tourism sector was once again preparing for the influx of spring breakers that come around this time of year. Millions of people—from marrying couples to packs of college students—visit Mexico’s hot tourist destinations every year, flocking to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and of course, Cancun. Even with…

The Escazú Agreement: Promise Made or Promise Kept?

Eight years ago, representatives from 192 states met in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the world’s environmental future and left with a series of promises. This conference, hosted by the United Nations, was a follow-up to the first international convention on environmental development held in the same city in 1992. One of the most significant…