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Brazil Cops: We've Got Our Guy
in Murders of Activist, Journo
Jan 24, 2023 10:05 AM CST
Brazil Cops: We've Got Our Guy in Murders of Activist, Journo
Rubens Villar Coelho is in custody, but local activists suspect others in Amazon killings
- Three men were already in custody for murdering Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and UK journalist Dom Phillips last June in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Now, per the
New York Times
, cops say they have the mastermind behind the killings: fishing trafficker Ruben Dario da Silva Villar, or Rubens Villar Coelho,...
The Amazon Researcher
'Refused to Believe Her Data'
Jan 22, 2023 7:50 AM CST
The Amazon Researcher 'Refused to Believe Her Data'
It showed the rainforest was actually emitting carbon, not capturing it
- If you're wondering what scientists are thinking about the state of the Amazon these days, look no further than Alex Cuadros' lengthy piece for the
New York Times
. Reporting from the Amazon, Cuadros meets with some of the leading scientists on the ground—or in the air—there to...
Dec 3, 2022 9:00 AM CST
Report Details 'Enormous, Virtually Irreversible' Loss in Amazon
Region has lost 10% of its native vegetation since 1985, an area the size of Texas, per Raisg
- The Amazon region has lost 10% of its native vegetation, mostly tropical rainforest, in almost four decades, an area roughly the size of Texas, a new report says. From 1985 to 2021, the deforested area surged from 190,000 square miles to 482,000 square miles, unprecedented destruction in the...
Now, Brazil Will Lead on
Climate Fight: Former Official
Nov 12, 2022 12:55 PM CST
Now, Brazil Will Lead on Climate Fight: Former Official
Past environmental minister tells conference new administration will protect rainforest
- Marina Silva, a former environmental minister and potential candidate for the job again, on Saturday brought a message to the UN climate summit: Brazil is back when it comes to protecting the Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world and crucial to limiting global warming. The election of leftist President-elect...
There May Be Another
Big Winner in Brazil
Nov 1, 2022 11:23 AM CDT
There May Be Another Big Winner in Brazil
Environmentalists see da Silva's victory as huge for the Amazon rainforest
- Supporters of Luis Inacio Lula da Silva are still celebrating his win over Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Supporters of the Amazon rainforest are doing the same.
points out that environmentalist Erika Berengeur of the University of Oxford was in tears as she spoke about the ouster of Bolsonaro...
This Illegal Road Is a
Threat to the Amazon
Aug 24, 2022 9:16 AM CDT
This Illegal Road Is a Threat to the Amazon
If completed, it will turn a large area of remaining forest into an island
- An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will...
Remains as Those
of British Journalist
Jun 17, 2022 4:25 PM CDT
Brazil Identifies Remains as Those of British Journalist
Suspect admitted shooting two men who disappeared, police say
: Brazilian authorities confirmed Friday that remains found in the Amazon were those of British journalist Dom Phillips. A search for Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, a Brazilian indigenous expert, had been conducted for more than a week. A suspect who admitted shooting the men led investigators to the...
Missing Man's Family
Jun 15, 2022 6:16 AM CDT
Brazil Apologizes for Misinforming Missing Man's Family
Bodies were not found, ambassador says
Brazilian authorities on Tuesday said the family of a British journalist who went missing in the Amazon had been incorrectly informed that two bodies, likely the journalist and the Indigenous expert who vanished along with him, had been found. "We are deeply sorry the Embassy passed on to...
In Brazil, a Troubling Clue
Emerges Over Missing Duo
Jun 10, 2022 10:40 AM CDT
In Brazil, a Troubling Clue Emerges Over Missing Duo
Blood is found on boat of fisherman who was one of the last to see journalist, guide alive
- Blood has been found in the search for a British journalist and his indigenous guide who vanished Sunday in Brazil's remote Amazon rainforest. The blood, to be tested to determine whether it is human or animal, was found on the boat of fisherman Amarildo da Costa, known locally as...
Vanish in Amazon
Jun 7, 2022 1:40 AM CDT
British Journalist, Indigenous Expert Vanish in Amazon
Many are very concerned for their well-being
- A British journalist and one of Brazil's former Indigenous Affairs officials have gone missing in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest, leading to serious fears for their safety. Brazil-based journalist Dom Phillips, who is working on a book about the environment, was traveling with Bruno Araújo Pereira,...
'Better Keep His Mouth
Shut,' Says Bolsonaro
May 5, 2022 1:18 AM CDT
Leonardo DiCaprio 'Better Keep His Mouth Shut,' Says Bolsonaro
Brazil president is not happy with actor's attempts to get out the vote
- Leonardo DiCaprio is in a feud, not with another celebrity, but with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro. Following a series of recent tweets in which DiCaprio urged Brazilians to get out and vote in this October's elections to ensure the Amazon rainforest is protected, Bolsonaro on Tuesday hit back at...
Report on 'Virgin' Forests
Offers Bleak News
May 1, 2022 3:40 PM CDT
Report on 'Virgin' Forests Offers Bleak News
Deforestation is continuing at a rapid pace
- Global deforestation continued at an alarming pace in 2021, according to an annual report released by the World Resources Institute. A total of 43,000 square miles of forest were lost, of which about a third occurred in primary or “virgin” tropical forests. Per CNN, that means primary forests...
Apr 30, 2022 2:50 PM CDT
Bolsonaro Answers DiCaprio Sarcastically
Actor and Amazon activist had appealed to the country's young people to vote
- Leonardo DiCaprio took his environmental worries directly to the young voters of Brazil this week, drawing a sarcastic response from the nation's president. "Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change," the actor tweeted Thursday, the BBC reports. "What happens there...
This Photo Shows What's
Happening in the Amazon
Apr 13, 2022 11:45 AM CDT
This Photo Shows What's Happening in the Amazon
Deforestation in Q1 hits record
- The deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been tracked since 2015 by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). An INPE report out Friday says the numbers recorded in the first quarter of this year were the worst yet. CNN reports 363 square miles, an area just about the...
Clash Over WiFi Password
Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
in case you missed it
Apr 3, 2022 8:50 AM CDT
Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
Venezuelan soldiers reportedly reneged on deal to share network with Yanomami
- A clash between Venezuelan soldiers and members of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon turned deadly over the most unlikely of reasons: a WiFi password. The dispute left four members of the Indigenous tribe dead and three more injured, reports the
. Three soldiers also were reported injured. The...
He Was Chopping Down Trees.
He Heard Weak Cries for Help
Mar 18, 2022 6:21 AM CDT
He Was Chopping Down Trees. He Heard Weak Cries for Help
2 young brothers, ages 6 and 8, who'd been missing for nearly 4 weeks found in Amazon rainforest
- For almost a month, locals in Brazil's Amazonas state desperately scoured the rainforest in search of two young Indigenous brothers who'd vanished while trying to capture tiny birds. This week, a miracle: The BBC reports that a man from the village of Palmeira stumbled upon little Gleison Ferreira,...
May Need a New Name
Mar 7, 2022 12:08 PM CST
Amazon Rainforest May Need a New Name
Researchers say it's on track to become a savannah
- Young people today may see the Amazon rainforest shift into the Amazon savannah in their lifetimes. That's the takeaway of an alarming new study in the peer-reviewed journal
Nature Climate Change
. Researchers examined month-to-month satellite images of the rainforest from the last 20 years and concluded...
Feb 12, 2022 1:10 PM CST
Amazon Deforestation Sets Record
Brazil's government promised to do better, but polices remain, experts say
- "There is a race to deforest the Amazon," said a researcher at Brazil's Federal University of Minas Gerais. It's becoming clearer that the Amazon is the loser. Trees in the Brazilian Amazon were cut down in an area five times the size of the deforested land...
Scientists See Evidence
of Troubling Shift in Amazon
Jul 15, 2021 12:28 PM CDT
Scientists See Evidence of Troubling Shift in Amazon
Parts of the rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they absorb
- Researchers have been warning about an imminent "tipping point" in the Amazon rainforest for a while now, and a new study suggests the moment has arrived for swaths of the region. The study in
finds that parts of the rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they...
Brazil to US: Want the
Amazon Protected? Pay Up
Apr 22, 2021 3:35 AM CDT
Brazil to US: Want the Amazon Protected? Pay Up
Critics say Bolsonaro government can't be trusted with demand for $1B
- After years of being criticized for failing to prevent the destruction of the Amazon, Brazil's government says it is willing to take action to stop deforestation. But it wants cash up front from other countries, including $1 billion from the US. President Jair Bolsonaro's government made the request...
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