Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture More than 43 million hectares of forest—an area bigger than Germany—have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said Wednesday. Swathes of forestcontinue to be flattened […]

Secondary forest in the Amazon Credit: Marizilda Cruppe/RAS Regrowing forests are absorbing just a small proportion of the carbon dioxide released from widespread deforestation in the Amazon, according to new evidence. Secondary forests—areas of new forest growing on land that has previously been deforested—form a key part of policies aiming […]

The ruins of an illegal gold mining site in a Yanomami reserve in the northern Amazon. Deforestation in Brazil is rising even in legally protected areas and Indigenous lands where criminals rarely ventured in the past. GUARDIAN/EYEVINE/REDUX Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has risen sharply in the past year—again. Estimates […]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, pictured on May 6, 2020, faced scathing criticism in 2019 for initially downplaying Amazon wildfires Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro authorized the army Thursday to fight Amazon wildfires and deforestation, amid warnings the world’s biggest rainforest is disappearing even faster than during record devastation last year. The […]