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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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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.

Why Is Brazil Boosting Biofuels Production?

May 12, 2017InterAmerican Dialogue

While Petrobras' concerns are, on the surface, laudatory, it is not a stretch to assume that they arise from a concern for the company's bottom line if a greater percentage of biodiesel must be mixed with diesel.

Historic Indigenous Mobilization Confronts Spiraling Threats To Rights and Resources in Brazil

Historic Indigenous Mobilization Confronts Spiraling Threats To Rights and Resources in Brazil

May 3, 2017

"We affirm that we will not permit violence, rollbacks, and threats perpetrated by the Brazilian government and economic oligarchies against our lives and our rights. We call on Brazilian society and the international community to unite with the struggle of native peoples in defense of traditional territories, Mother Earth, and the well-being of all forms of life."

Mobilizing for Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice from the Arctic to the Amazon

Mobilizing for Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice from the Arctic to the Amazon

May 2, 2017

"Our participation in the Peoples Climate March was very important because we were able to bring the voice of our Amazon all the way here, showing the world that we are resisting her plunder."

Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Deliver Letter Calling on China to Abandon Oil Drilling in Their Territory as Ecuador Faces U.N. Review

Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Deliver Letter Calling on China to Abandon Oil Drilling in Their Territory as Ecuador Faces U.N. Review

On Saturday, the leaders participated in the Peoples Climate March alongside other indigenous leaders and actor Leonardo DiCaprio

May 1, 2017

New York, NY – Indigenous leaders Manari and Gloria Ushigua from the Sápara nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon delivered a letter this morning addressed to the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China before the United Nations in New York, in which they call on its state-run oil companies to abandon drilling plans on their rainforest territory. Their action occurs on the same day that Ecuador faces scrutiny from the U.N. Human Rights Council during the body's Universal Periodic Review of the country.

Women for Climate Justice To Unite in Action at The People's Climate March

Women for Climate Justice will meet, as part of section two, on the steps of the Canadian Embassy building at 11:00 am

April 28, 2017

On April 29th, 2017, a diverse coalition of women's groups, climate justice organization and allies will unite to march as a Women for Climate Justice Contingent at the People's Climate March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Washington D.C. and in support of local marches happening across the country.

Brazil's Deforestation "Sheriff" Has Been Fired

Brazil's Deforestation "Sheriff" Has Been Fired

There's been a major shakeup in the Brazilian government's anti-deforestation department

April 28, 2017Mongabay

According to Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch Program Director, "The dismissal of Thelma Krug reflects a growing wariness that the Brazilian government's tools for monitoring deforestation are not keeping pace with the diverse and sophisticated methods used by loggers to avoid detection."

Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy

Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy

April 18, 2017

"The government can't call us hypocrites for opposing oil extraction yet using dirty diesel generators. We've made the first big step towards being fossil fuel-free – the government should learn from us."

Business as Usual: A Resurgence of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Business as Usual: A Resurgence of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil's Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world's largest rainforest.

April 18, 2017Yale Environment 360

The rise in deforestation over the last five years should not be a surprise, given that the underlying factors behind forest clearing continue to grow year by year.

Brazil Slashes Environment Budget by 43%

Brazil Slashes Environment Budget by 43%

The budget cut could cripple efforts to stem deforestation in the country, scientists and environmental groups fear

April 7, 2017Mongabay

Brazil accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest, the world's largest tropical forest. After several years of decline, deforestation – driven by beef, soy and timber industries – appears to be increasing again.

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