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Brazilian Amazon Sees Record Deforestation During First Three Months of 2022

Brazilian Amazon Sees Record Deforestation During First Three Months of 2022

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon during the first three months of 2022 has increased by 64 percent compared to the same time period last year, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said in a new report.  That’s a record increase in deforestation for January through March since data collection began in 2015. The report, […]

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    ‘Biggest Story in the World Right Now’: Humanity Flips Amazon Rainforest From Carbon Sink to Carbon Source

    ‘Biggest Story in the World Right Now’: Humanity Flips Amazon Rainforest From Carbon Sink to Carbon Source

    By Jessica Corbett Following years of warnings and mounting fears among scientists, “terrifying” research revealed Wednesday that climate change and deforestation have turned parts of the Amazon basin, a crucial “sink,” into a source of planet-heating carbon dioxide. Though recent research has elevated concerns about the Amazon putting more CO2 and other greenhouse gases into […]

    Amazônia: A Look at What We Stand to Lose

    Amazônia: A Look at What We Stand to Lose

    “Beautiful. Essential. The future is Amazônia.” These were the words that renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado used to describe the Amazon Rainforest, the subject of his latest photography collection. As a lifelong photojournalist, Salgado has used his work to advocate for social and environmental change. In Amazônia, his latest work, Salgado dedicated himself to capturing […]

    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

    During 18 months, Mongabay investigated allegations challenging the “sustainable” status of the Brazilian palm oil supply chain, revealing impacts including deforestation and water contamination, and what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities in northern Pará state. In this behind-the-scenes […]

    Amazon Deforestation Jumps Sharply in April

    Amazon Deforestation Jumps Sharply in April

    Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged during the month of April, ending a streak of three consecutive months where forest clearing had been lower than the prior year. The rise in deforestation came despite a high-profile pledge from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to rein in deforestation in Earth’s largest rainforest. According to preliminary deforestation alert […]

    Amazon Rainforest Will Collapse by 2064, New Study Predicts

    Amazon Rainforest Will Collapse by 2064, New Study Predicts

    The future of the world’s largest rainforest looks bleak. A new report for Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development concluded that the Amazon rainforest will collapse and largely become a dry, shrubby plain by 2064. Development, deforestation and the climate crisis are to blame, study author and University of Florida geologist Robert Toovey Walker […]

    Deforestation in Amazon Skyrockets to 12-Year High Under Bolsonaro

    Deforestation in Amazon Skyrockets to 12-Year High Under Bolsonaro

    According to Brazil’s space agency (Inpe), deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has surged to its highest level since 2008, the BBC reported. Despite Brazil previously setting a goal of slowing the pace of deforestation to 3,900 sq km annually by 2020, deforestation increased 9.5% from last year, and a total of 11,088 sq km (4,281 […]

    Study: Amazon Droughts Can Be Predicted in Advance

    Study: Amazon Droughts Can Be Predicted in Advance

    By Jennifer Ann Thomas For the first time, researchers have developed a model capable of anticipating drought periods in the Amazon up to 18 months in advance. The study was conducted by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), in Germany, as part of the Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES) […]