Mountain forests are important habitats for many species, but a new study has found that habitat loss in these areas has been rapidly accelerating since 2000. In that time, more than 78.1 million hectares (approximately 193 million acres) of mountain forests have been lost, equaling an area greater than the size of Texas. A team […]
Despite the electoral victory of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva — who has promised to end deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon by 2030 — the forest just experienced its worst February on record. Brazil’s INPE space research institute’s DETER monitoring system found that 80.6 square miles of forest had been cleared as of Feb. […]
A tense presidential election runoff in Brazil has led to a victory for left-wing candidate and former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva against the far-right incumbent, President Jair Bolsonaro. But as of Monday, October 31, Bolsonaro has not conceded. Lula is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 1, 2023. In the initial election, Lula […]
What is Palm Oil? If you use cosmetics, take showers or even just eat processed foods, chances are you put quite a bit of palm oil onto or into your body. Made from the fruit of an oil palm plant, palm oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil on the planet, and manufacturers have […]
Deforestation is the clearing of forested land with the purpose of converting it to be used for something other than forest, including the raising of livestock, agriculture, mining, development or other non-forest uses.
On October 2, Braziilans will go to the polls to choose a new president. However, what’s at stake in this contest is more than who will lead Brazil for the next four years. What’s at stake, experts say, is the future of the Amazon rainforest. “I don’t say this lightly as a scientist, but this […]