Pink dolphins, vanishing glaciers and highland bugs
James Painter has been busy reporting (in a freelance capacity) for the BBC from Peru and Ecuador. In Peru, he travelled miles up to the Amazon to see for himself the fate of pink river dolphins (yes, they really are pink), whose numbers had been badly affected by last year's record drought.
You can hear his report for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent here, and read more here
He also travelled up a glacier near Quito in Ecuador, to look at the threat to biodiversity there from the melting glaciers.