Scientific issues in Latin America will have an increasing impact on the US in the future. Malnutrition and infant death rates are high in Guatemala, Haiti, and Bolivia, but average expected lifespans in Costa Rica, Chile, and Cuba are 79 years —slightly greater than in the US. Until recently, US citizens assumed viral and parasitic infections spread by insect vectors in Latin America (like Zika disease, Dengue fever, and Chagas disease) never occurred in the US. Although much has been written on the threats to the Amazon and Galapagos ecosystems, less has been said in nonfiction and fiction about how mining in the Andes has been a source of pollution and a threat to the workers’ health for centuries. This class should whet interest in real issues and suggest possible readings on topics.