2020 another grim year for Brazilian Amazon

2020 was a devastating year for the Brazilian Amazon Deforestation destroyed the equivalent of more than two football pitches each minute in the Brazilian Amazon in 2020, another devastating year for a resource seen as vital to curbing climate change, according to government data released Friday. Brazilian space agency INPE identified 8,426 square kilometers (3,253 […]

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon surges to 12-year high

Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil, on August 16, 2020 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged again over the past year, hitting a 12-year high, according to official figures released Monday that drew a chorus of condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. A […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

IMAGE: Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian… view more  Credit: Melissa Marchese DURHAM, N.C. – The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit: Melissa Marchese The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru’s […]

Amazon fires cause Brazil’s CO2 emissions to jump amid pandemic

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Forest fires have sent carbon dioxide emissions soaring in Brazil over the past two years, undermining efforts by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to restore the country’s environmental credentials. Emissions jumped 10% in 2019, Bolsonaro’s first year in office, following a decade of small declines or stagnation, according to a […]

Scientists unravel how and why Amazon trees die

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The capacity of the Amazon forest to store carbon in a changing climate will ultimately be determined by how fast trees die—and what kills them. Now, a huge new study has unravelled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality is increasing across […]