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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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Keep It in the Ground: From Ecuador to California

Keep It in the Ground: From Ecuador to California

June 26, 2017

Last year, about 10% of the oil processed by California refineries came from the Amazon basin. This represents about half of the oil exported from the region. In other words, California refineries are collectively the largest consumers of Amazon oil in the world.

Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

A preliminary copy of a report prepared by three environmental institutions and indigenous groups finds Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone (ZITT), home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on its border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing what they say is an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting.

Amazon's Forests Still Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Rollbacks

Amazon's Forests Still Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Rollbacks

June 22, 2017

While the vetoes seemed a concession to demands from his Environmental Minister and a coalition of environmental and human rights organizations, they now appear to be mere greenwash of the government's anti-environment agenda and and an attempt distract the public from its alarming assault on the Amazon.

New Highway Brings Deforestation Near Two Colombian National Parks

New Highway Brings Deforestation Near Two Colombian National Parks

Critics say a proposed internationally-financed road to connect Venezuela and Ecuador through Colombia could bring deforestation and industrial development to regions important for indigenous cultural heritage, ecology, and biodiversity

June 21, 2017Mongabay

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on its border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing what they say is an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting.

Amazon Forest Endangered Despite Brazilian President's Vetoes of Environmental Protection Reductions

President Temer caves to pressure from Brazil's agribusiness lobby, threatening vast forests

June 21, 2017

In a letter denouncing the president for using the vetoes to obscure his intention to reduce forest protections through other means, a group of Brazilian and international NGOs warned that ruralista lawmakers would likely amend the new legislation to slash the protections on an even greater area of forest.

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

How Corporate Leaders Can Eliminate Their Use of Amazon Crude

June 2017

Extracting crude oil from the western Amazon Basin threatens ecologically- and culturally-sensitive ecosystems critical to global climate stability. California is the largest single importer and processor of this fuel. Therefore, brand-name retailers with significant operations in California have a critical role to play in reducing U.S. demand for Amazon crude.

UN Experts Slam Brazilian Government's Attacks on Indigenous Rights

UN Experts Slam Brazilian Government's Attacks on Indigenous Rights

June 15, 2017

In response to the deepening human rights crisis gripping Brazil, last week a group of experts from the UN and IACHR forcefully denounced President Temer's administration and the agribusiness-affiliated ruralista congressional bloc for leading the assault on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

Oakland Moves To Divest from Banks Violating Indigenous Sovereignty

June 14, 2017

While President Trump continues to impede progress towards battling climate change, the City of Oakland – Amazon Watch's hometown – took an important step yesterday toward divesting city funds from banks that fund fossil fuels, violation of indigenous sovereignty, and mass incarceration.

What China and California Have in Common: the Amazon

What China and California Have in Common: the Amazon

June 13, 2017San Jose Mercury News

Before making California an enthusiastic partner of China on climate action, Gov. Jerry Brown must address the significant climate impact of China's foreign investments and of California's contributions to those impacts.

Brazil's Political Chaos Paves the Way for Environmental Plunder

Brazil's Political Chaos Paves the Way for Environmental Plunder

May 25, 2017

As Brazil's President Michel Temer weathers a new storm of corruption allegations that threaten to topple his administration, the rightwing ruralista congressional bloc is cynically leveraging this political chaos to ram through its regressive and malicious agenda.

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