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Considerations for Mexican Legislative Politics: Selection Bias in Roll-Call Votes

April 26, 2016

Hegemonic party rule in Mexico relegated Congress to the role of rubber-stamp for most of the twentieth century. The secondary role of the legislative branch was parallel with a general lack of resources and interest for citizens and scholars to track the behavior of legislators.

Push to Source from Just Factories for Collegiate Apparel

April 26, 2016

The lives of factory workers, who produce collegiate shirts and pants, are polar opposite from those of the students who wear the collegiate apparel. While this gap may not be shrinking, the ability for factory workers to earn living wages an hour north of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is, and it depends on the university students buying their products.

Biodiversidad y Endemismo en el Estado de San Luis Potosí, México

April 26, 2016

Este trabajo examina la riqueza biológica del territorio potosino y argumenta sobre la relevancia que constituye contar con una metodología geográfica que permita ponderar los patrones espaciales de la biodiversidad del estado de San Luis Potosí, México.

Peru and Chile Make Strides Towards Conservation

April 26, 2016

This November, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala signed a decree designating a massive area of the Amazon jungle a new national park.1 Sierra del Divisor National Park, whose an area of 5,470 square miles is greater than the United States’ Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined, connects two protected areas on either side of it to finally link together the Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor.2,3 The green corridor now protects 67 million contiguous acres of pris

Decriminalization of Marijuana in Mexico Leads to Greater Problems

April 26, 2016

In 2009, Mexico decriminalized the possession of small quantities of several drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and LSD in an attempt to combat police corruption and to put a greater focus on the more dangerous cartels and traffickers rather than the small-time users.

2 Degrees or 1.5? What the Paris Climate Agreement Means for the Caribbean

April 26, 2016

If you have heard anything about the Paris climate conference—formally known as the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21—then you know that lots of people seem very excited about the recently adopted 2 degrees Celsius agreement. “I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world,” said U.S. President Barack Obama.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared, “What was once unthinkable has now become unstoppable.”1,2 But what does this number mean?

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