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Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

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Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

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The Seventh of September reserve in Rondônia, Brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016. Photograph: Craig Stennett/Alamy Stock Photo

Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation

September 27, 2017 — The Paiter-Suruí are a tribe of roughly 1,400 people, uncontacted until 1969, who live in the Amazon forest on the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso. Continue reading How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

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Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

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Critics fear the Renca reserve could suffer a similar fate as this land near the Parque Nacional Motanhas do Tumucumaque, Brazil, now home to a gold and iron mine. Photograph: Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace

Brazilian president has dissolved Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold, with critics warning of irreversible damage

August 24, 2017 — The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest. Continue reading Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

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An activist with a sign pasted on her mouth urging to resist Bolivian government plans for stripping Tipnis of its protected status. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

National park which is home to thousands of indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

August 15, 2017 — Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people. Continue reading Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

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Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon Basin on November 5, 2010 in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia/LatinContent/Getty Images

Deforestation and climate change appear to be amplifying droughts in the Amazon

August 3, 2017 — If you are like me, you picture the Amazon region as an ever lush, wet, tropical region filled with numerous plant and animal species. Who would imagine the Amazon experiencing Continue reading Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

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A strip of forest separates a eucalyptus plantation from cleared land, 40 miles north of Macapa, Brazil. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister

June 22, 2017 — Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday. Continue reading Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

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Likouala-aux-Herbes river near in Congo-Brazzaville. The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical forest. Photograph: Hope Productions/Yann Arthus Bertrand / Getty Images/Getty Images

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them

January 24, 2017 — If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, southeast Asia Continue reading We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

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A woman shows crude oil from a well in Amazonian Peru. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

The report found that California, despite its green reputation, is refining the majority of crude oil – with one facility accounting for 24% of the US total

September 28, 2016 — US imports of crude oil from the Amazon are driving the destruction of some of the rainforest ecosystem’s most pristine areas and releasing copious amounts of greenhouse gases, according to a new report.  Continue reading US drives rainforest destruction by importing Amazon oil, study finds

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years – study

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An area of the Amazon rainforest which has been slashed and burned stands next to a section of virgin forest. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Experts warn there may be no unspoilt places left within a century as report shows an area twice the size of Alaska has been lost since 1993

September 9, 2016 — Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years and there may be none left within a century if trends continue, according to an authoritative new study.  Continue reading Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years – study