Latin America & the Caribbean
The World's Environments
Author: Kevin Hillstrom
Author: Laurie Hillstrom
Age Group: 7 - 17
Home to Earth's longest mountain range, largest river, and greatest rainforest, no region boasts greater
geographic extremes, faces greater environmental dangers, and enjoys more economic potential from its
biodiversity than Latin America and the Caribbean.What are the political and economic factors affecting
the Amazon's rapidly disappearing rainforest? What is being done to harvest life-saving drugs from the
plants of the Orinoco? And what lies behind the mysterious disappearance of Central America's frogs?
The work includes essays, tables and figures, and an appendix titled International Environmental and
Developmental Agencies, Organizations, and Programs on the World Wide Web. Latin America & the
Caribbean examines a region waking up to its environmental problems and possibilities.
Readers seeking a balanced treatment of environmental issues in Latin America and Caribbean
countries ... should seriously consider this book. It serves as a good first-source reference, providing
adequate background for pursuing more in-depth research.
"This volume belongs in libraries of all types that support Latin American studies, businesses, or