Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019. Last year, an area the size of Connecticut was destroyed in the world’s largest rainforest. President Biden now has the opportunity to make good on his campaign promise to dedicate $20 billion to […]

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Deforestation Claims 160k Square Miles from 2004-17, WWF Report Reveals

Deforestation Claims 160k Square Miles from 2004-17, WWF Report Reveals

Humans need forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. These ecosystems also provide livelihoods for people, offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion, and mitigate climate change. Unfortunately, a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) titled “Deforestation Fronts: Drivers and Responses in a Changing World” reveals that more […]

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Amazon Nearing Tipping Point, Could Switch from Rainforest to Savannah

Amazon Nearing Tipping Point, Could Switch from Rainforest to Savannah

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  A new study published in Nature Communications, found that the Amazon rainforest is nearing the tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah much faster than previously thought. New forecasts show that the Amazon may not have enough rain to sustain itself by 2021.  Logging, wildfires, and drought have […]

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Wildfires Increase by 13% in 2020, Humans to Blame

Wildfires Increase by 13% in 2020, Humans to Blame

In the past decades as climate change has continued to heat our planet, wildfires around the world have grown in frequency and destruction as the world’s potential to burn has increased. Just in the past 3 years, we’ve seen the devastation brought on by wildfires in California (where the entire town of Paradise was destroyed), […]

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Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

Bolsonaro’s Big Talk at the UN

The Amazon Rainforest is still on fire. This fact comes as Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time and told the world (as the New Yorker reported) that the forest was “practically untouched,” and blamed a “lying and sensationalist media” for propagating fake news about their destruction. […]

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