Category Archives: Amazon Basin

Deforestation Surging Again In Amazon Basin

Deforestation In Brazil Not Expected To Stop The Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year. That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon accelerated. Last … Continue reading

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Norway Paying Brazil For Slowing Deforestation

Deforestation In Amazon Rising Again The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country’s success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. In a statement issued Wednesday, Norway announced it would complete payment … Continue reading

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Reforestation A Priority In Ecuador

Reforestation Plan Yields World Record Planting more than 600,000 trees across almost 2,000 hectares, Ecuador has broken the Guinness record for reforestation efforts. Targelia Mauha was one of the over 44,000 citizens who participated in this historic endeavor, which is part … Continue reading

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Commodity Boom Driving Deforestation

Industry Exploiting Resources At All Costs By Nick Miroff, Washington Post A commodity boom has pulled millions of people out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It also unleashed a scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is … Continue reading

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More Murder In The Rainforest

Defender Of Ecuador’s Indigenous Rights Killed By Alexander Zaitchik At the latest climate change talks, indigenous tribes showed again that they’re frontline allies in the fight against deforestation and global warming. So why aren’t we protecting them? A dark piece of news … Continue reading

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Latin American Countries Will Restore 20 Million Hectares Of Forest

Eight South American Countries Promise To Restore Damaged Lands A coalition of eight Latin American countries just announced plans to replant up to 20 million hectares of forests by 2020, an area five times the size of Switzerland. Unfortunately, Brazil was … Continue reading

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Peru Must Honor Promise To Return Forests To Indigenous Tribes

Indigenous Communities Promised Millions Of Acres In 2008 Decades of illegal gold mining have destroyed large expanses of virgin Peruvian rainforest into polluted wastelands. Excavations to separate gold flecks from tons of earth have left holes big enough to swallow a half-dozen buses. Excavations … Continue reading

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Indigenous Land Rights Can Save Forests, Fight Climate Change

Majority Of Peru’s Timber Exports Illegal Peru must grant further land titles to Amazonian tribes as a last resort to halting severe deforestation, the country’s main indigenous group announced. The government should award 49 million acres (20 million hectares), nearly 30 … Continue reading

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Illegal Amazon Deforestation Escalating Again

Deforestation Rate Double Last Year’s Pace The illegal deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, exposing the failures of the government’s forest conservation policies. Satellite data indicates that land clearance in August and September has doubled … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Election May Dictate Future Of Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Deforestation Depends On Election Most Brazilian voters are focused on what incumbent President Rousseff and top competitor Silva have to say about the sluggish economy. Their prescriptions will have a major impact on environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest. Environmentalists … Continue reading

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