According to a new study published in the journal Nature, tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and serve as “carbon sinks.” As The Guardian explained, The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as […]Continue Reading 382 words
After threats of trade retaliation from the EU, ridicule at the G7, and even pressure from the Pope, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made the unexpected move of deploying troops to help fight the devastating fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. As CNN explained, “Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the country has […]Continue Reading 487 words
If you’ve ever been to a tropical rainforest you know how magical the layer of mist that hangs over the forest can look. Aside from giving forests their ethereal quality this layer of mist regulates temperatures and maintains humidity levels for plants and animals who are adapted to the very specific conditions of a tropical […]Continue Reading 494 words
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Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands.Continue Reading 414 words
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Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, who is ultra-conservative and ran on a promise of deregulation similar to President Trump’s, has moved the administration of Brazil’s extensive protected areas in the Amazon from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs to the Agriculture Ministry. This “paves” the way for new and increased development in the Amazon and the loss of a major global carbon sink.Continue Reading 376 words