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Lula Defeats Bolsonaro in Brazil, a Crucial Win for the Amazon Rainforest

Lula Defeats Bolsonaro in Brazil, a Crucial Win for the Amazon Rainforest

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 […]

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    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 […]

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has presided over the world’s second worst coronavirus outbreak after the U.S., said Tuesday that he had tested positive for the virus. The news comes after Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the risk posed by the virus both to himself and others and argued against social distancing measures as a […]

    World Tops 10 Million Coronavirus Cases, 500,000 Deaths

    World Tops 10 Million Coronavirus Cases, 500,000 Deaths

    The world passed two troubling milestones Sunday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 10 million and the number of deaths surpassed 500,000. This means the death toll has doubled in less than two months, The New York Times pointed out, from 250,000 in early May. In April, it topped 100,000. The number of […]

    Brazil Passes 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths as Global Cases Top 9 Million

    Brazil Passes 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths as Global Cases Top 9 Million

    Brazil officially surpassed 50,600 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, making the South American nation the second largest coronavirus hot spot after the U.S. Recent figures put the total number of confirmed cases at more than 1,086,990 and 50,659 deaths. The recovery rate is just above 53 percent, according to CoronaTracker. Reuters reports that officials expect the […]