Deforestation is pushing Amazon to ‘point of no return’: WWF report

river forestDeforestation is pushing the Amazon rainforest dangerously close to its tipping point, and the effects could soon be felt across the globe. A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), called the Living Amazon Report, warns that threats to the Amazon have worsened in recent years, and could result in the disappearance of the […]

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Lawyers Press International Court to Investigate a ‘Network’ Committing Crimes Against Humanity in Brazil’s Amazon

Even as environmentalists cheer the ouster of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as a turning point for the Amazon rainforest, new information filed Wednesday with the International Criminal Court suggest that the battle to protect the region and its inhabitants is far from over.  In the filing, human rights and environmental lawyers acting on behalf of […]

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Mil Milhas na Amazônia, para Mudar a Maneira como o Mundo Funciona

Read this story in English here. O plano era se encontrar em Altamira, Brasil, e viajar 1.000 milhas (1.600 quilômetros) pelo norte da Amazônia como uma espécie de tribunal popular. Os juízes tomariam depoimentos durante 10 dias, como uma delegação de averiguação das Nações Unidas, e apresentariam suas conclusões no 10º Fórum Social Pan-Amazônico na […]

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Beef is still coming from protected areas in the Amazon, study shows

Some of the world’s largest beef exporters are still buying cattle that grazed in protected areas of the Amazon rainforest, despite commitments to stop this practice, according to a new study. The report, published today in the journal Conservation Letters found that millions of cattle grazed in protected areas (PAs) in the Brazilian states of Mato […]

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A Thousand Miles in the Amazon, to Change the Way the World Works

The plan was to meet in Altamira, Brazil, and travel 1,000 miles across the northern Amazon as a kind of people’s court. The judges would take testimony over 10 days, much like a United Nations fact-finding delegation, and deliver their findings at the 10th Pan-Amazon Social Forum in the provincial city of Belém. They had […]

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Saving old-growth forests: Q&A with Amazon Watch’s Leila Salazar-López

Even after more than 1,000 people were arrested last year, protesters in British Columbia, Canada, continue to fight against the logging of the Fairy Creek old-growth forests. Blocking roads and tying themselves to trees, these frontline defenders have made headlines by putting their bodies between bulldozers and some of the oldest forests in the country. […]

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