Climate and the Amazon

A healthy Amazon rainforest is one of the Earth's best defenses against climate change. The world's tropical forests, of which the Amazon is the largest, currently absorb some 20 percent of the carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels. Protecting the Amazon rainforest – which when cut or burned actually contributes to climate change – must be a centerpiece of the global efforts to stop climate change, along with transitioning to clean energy. More

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Why We Rise and Resist for the Amazon

Why We Rise and Resist for the Amazon

March 1, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, I was in deep in the Amazon visiting our indigenous partners the Sápara and the Kichwa of Sarayaku with a small group of Amazon Watch supporters. I am so grateful for this opportunity and want to share some of my reflections with you on why we rise and resist for the Amazon.

Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

Parade's message angered agri-business lobby, but provided an important opportunity for participants to highlight the importance of indigenous rights and environmental protection

February 28, 2017

In a colorful and highly energized samba parade at Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival on Monday morning, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, one of Brazil's most traditional and respected samba schools, paid a special tribute to indigenous peoples of the Amazon's Xingu River, highlighting threats to their territories, livelihoods and rights.

Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

What's behind the Rural Coalition attack on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school? Rio's Carnival has attracted the kind of hatred indigenous people have known for decades.

February 22, 2017Latin America Bureau

Imperatriz Leopoldinense probably had no idea where it would lead them when they chose to speak out about the Xingu, but they chose the right path. Because today, to defend the Brazilian Indian is to defend the future of our country.

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

February 14, 2017

Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Reservoirs emit significant greenhouse gases planet-wide, study finds; researchers urge that new hydropower projects not be christened with green energy label

February 14, 2017Mongabay

"The new study confirms that reservoirs are major emitters of methane, a particularly aggressive greenhouse gas," said Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, adding that hydropower dams "can no longer be considered a clean and green source of electricity."

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

February 13, 2017

At Belo Monte, the writing is on the wall because, all over the Amazon, new dams are planned or being built. A key role in the protection of the forests, rivers and animals will now be played by the indigenous person.

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

January 29, 2017The Globalist

Brazil's government wants to build dams in Amazonia with "big reservoirs." That is quite a point of departure compared to the run-of-river dams that have dominated the country's planning and construction activity over the last two decades.

Women for Climate Justice To Raise Their Voices at the Women's March on Washington

January 18, 2017

On January 21st, a coalition of diverse women's groups, climate justice leaders and individuals will unite and march as 'Women for Climate Justice', sending a clear message to the new U.S. Administration that women are gravely concerned about the accelerating impacts of climate change, and the implications of a U.S. Administration that promotes climate skepticism,

Breaking Precious Ground

Breaking Precious Ground

Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?

January 10, 2017bioGraphic

Just this past spring, in a move that shocked the international conservation community, Ecuador began trucking the first barrels of crude out of Yasuní. Is this the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems?

U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

December 30, 2016Reuters

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.

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