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

the seventh of september reserve in rondônia, brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016
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

renca reserve, brazil
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

New ‘disturbance map’ shows damaging effects of forest loss in Brazilian Amazon

burned forest
Recently burned forest in Pará state. Forest degradation is the thinning of tree density and the culling of biodiversity below an apparently protected canopy. Photograph: Flavio Forner/Xibé/InfoAmazonia

Silent Forest Project map reveals urgent need for conservation protections — ‘It is terrifying to see the Amazon degraded to this extent,’ scientist says

June 20, 2017 — As Brazil’s government steps back from Amazon conservation, the urgent need for stronger protection has been made more apparent by a new data map that highlights the knock- Continue reading New ‘disturbance map’ shows damaging effects of forest loss in Brazilian Amazon