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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.
The budget cut could cripple efforts to stem deforestation in the country, scientists and environmental groups fearApril 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.
From the snow-covered plains of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota to Shuar rainforest territories in the Ecuadorian Amazon, there is a resurgence of resistance to extractive industry projects around the world. These conflicts have major implications for China, Latin America's largest trading partner, whose state run companies are involved in many of the controversial projects, and whose bilateral loans and lines of credit are closely tied to extractive industries.
In Brazil, hydroelectric dams are a reflection of the system's problems: corruption, injustice and inequality.
Failure to protect indigenous land rights in the Amazon region is undermining the safeguarding of forests and the reduction of emissionsOctober 19, 2016Climate News Network
“Not only is securing land tenure the right thing to do, it’s one of the world’s most cost-effective climate mitigation strategies”
Top Altamira environmental official Luiz Alberto Araújo, shot dead in front of family; he assisted in illegal logging investigations, Belo Monte dam inquiryOctober 17, 2016Mongabay
Araújo is the latest in a long list of environmentalists assassinated in Brazil. According to the NGO Global Witness, 448 environmentalists were killed in Brazil from 2002-2013. This was half of the total killed worldwide.
Crude oil imported to the U.S. from the Amazon, most of which gets refined in California, is driving expansion of oil operations into the rainforestSeptember 30, 2016Mongabay
Crude oil imported to the U.S. from the Amazon, most of which gets refined in California, is driving expansion of oil operations into the rainforest, according to a new report.
The report found that California, despite its green reputation, is refining the majority of crude oil – with one facility accounting for 24% of the US totalSeptember 28, 2016The Guardian
U.S. imports of crude oil from the Amazon are driving the destruction of some of the rainforest ecosystem's most pristine areas and releasing copious amounts of greenhouse gases, according to a new report conducted by environmental group Amazon Watch.
The analysis, done by Amazon Watch, a nonprofit working to protect the rainforest, is the first to document the extent to which Amazon rainforest crude oil is present in the United States. Not only does this oil contribute to local air pollution and global climate change, but the expansion of fossil fuel extraction in the Amazon Basin threatens some of the world's most pristine and biodiverse regions.
Amazon plants could lead to breakthroughs in antiseptics, medicines and anti-inflammatory drugs if coupled with new technologies, study saysSeptember 16, 2016Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Amazon rainforest holds the biological keys to kick-start a "fourth industrial revolution" if its biodiversity is protected, said a study published on Friday.