Category: Amazon Basin

climate change and deforestation

Battle Over Natural Resources Not Over The Waorani people won a historic ruling in Ecuadorian court protecting half a million acres of their territory in the Amazon rainforest from being earmarked for oil drilling. The decision by the three-judge panel of the Pastaza Provincial Court immediately voids the consultation process with the Waorani undertaken by […]

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climate change and deforestation

Government Sued Over Deforestation By Naomi Larsson, Huffington Post Arvey Alvear Daza’s life has been dominated by fear for most of his 37 years. A farmer in Caquetá, a district in southern Colombia, his land on the northwestern edge of the Amazon rainforest placed him in the middle of a decades-long conflict between the Revolutionary Armed […]

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biodiversity and deforestation

Rainforest Destruction In Brazil Many scientists blame deforestation, generated in large part by agriculture, for global climate change and disrupted rain patterns in the Amazon. Clearing Amazonian forest to create new pastures is illegal now in Brazil, but a cash-strapped government is struggling to enforce the law. The Brazilian Amazon demonstrates that environmental destruction can […]

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biodiversity and deforestation

Top Court Demands Halt To Amazon Deforestation By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation Colombia’s highest court told the government to take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change. In their ruling on Thursday, the […]

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climate change and deforestation

Deforestation In Brazil 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 year, the pace rose by about 24 percent. The estimated deforestation rate, released Tuesday by Brazil’s National Institute for […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Reforestation 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 of larger state priority to protect the environment and honor the constitutional rights secured for nature. […]

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deforestation and endangered species

Exploiting Natural Resources 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 accelerating deforestation and fueling a new wave of land conflicts from Colombia to Chile. Now, as prices […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Indigenous Leader Killed Protecting Forests 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 emerged at the U.N. climate talks in Lima. The body of José Isidro Tendetza Antún, a leading […]

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climate change and deforestation

Rainforest Destruction On Record 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 over last year’s pace as loggers and farmers exploit loopholes in regulations designed to protect the […]

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climate change and deforestation

Indigenous Families Protect Forests By Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph A second group of Amazonian Indians who have never before had contact with the outside world have emerged near the border with Brazil and Peru, heightening fears that the remote tribes are being forced from their land and threatened with extinction. The group of 24 men, women and children approached Brazilian government […]

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