Tag: Amazon Jungle

Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazil’s President About Amazon Fires

The actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio said on Saturday that he was not going to let President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil get in the way of his support of the Amazon rainforest. Mr. DiCaprio released a statement after Mr. Bolsonaro falsely accused him of bankrolling fires recently set in the Amazon. “At this time of […]

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Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Rose Sharply on Bolsonaro’s Watch

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Amazon rainforest in Brazil lost an area about 12 times the size of New York City from August 2018 through July of this year, according to government data released Monday, which shows that deforestation in the biome has shot up significantly since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro. The 3,769 […]

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In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money

ALTAMIRA, Brazil — With thousands of intentionally set fires raging across its enormous expanse, Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been a smoky mess in recent weeks: Roads and airports enveloped by a soupy fog. Local governments declaring emergencies and advising people to stay indoors. Many coughing and spitting, their lungs clogged with irritating particles of dust. […]

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Can We Make Destroying the Amazon a Crime Against Humanity?

Since August, as vast stretches of the Amazon rainforest were being reduced to ashes and outrage and calls for action intensified, a group of lawyers and activists who have been advancing a radical idea have seen a silver lining in the unfolding tragedy: One day, a few years from now, they imagined Brazil’s president, Jair […]

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What’s Going On in the Amazon?

ImageBurning forest this week near Porto Velho, Brazil.CreditVictor Moriyama for The New York Times The emails started arriving last week. “I’ve been waiting to hear about the fires in the Amazon,” wrote Molly Krause, a listener in Aurora, Colo. “It’s a huge problem that is not getting adequate attention. Can you please do an episode […]

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Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet beef demand in China. Deforestation at breakneck rates is depleting vast expanses of Amazon forest contained in South American countries neighboring Brazil. […]

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With Amazon on Fire, Brazil’s Environmental Enforcers Say Bolsonaro Hobbles their Work

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws had signed an open letter as of Wednesday warning that their work has been hampered by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon. The letter […]

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Why the Amazon Is Burning

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher More than 26,000 fires have been recorded inside the Amazon rainforest in August alone, leading to global calls for action. But Brazil’s government has told the rest of the world to mind its own business. [For […]

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The Amazon Is on Fire. So Is Central Africa.

DAKAR, Senegal — As images of wildfires in South America’s Amazon region draw global attention, a large and potentially devastating series of fires is raging in Central Africa and parts of Southern Africa. Among the regions at risk is the Congo Basin forest, the second-largest tropical rainforest, after the Amazon, mostly in the Democratic Republic […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro on the Environment, in His Own Words

ImagePresident Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has often criticized agencies that enforce environmental laws, and called fines for environmental crimes an “industry” that needs to be abolished.CreditAdriano Machado/Reuters Facing an avalanche of criticism over the fires raging across the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil pledged in a televised address on Friday that his government would […]

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Who Owns the Amazon?

News Update: Brazil rejected the $22 million in Amazon aid pledged at the G7. At the Group of 7 summit, aides to President Trump complained that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was focusing the summit not on the global economy but on “niche issues” — among them climate change. At the same time, fires continued […]

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Amid Outrage Over Rainforest Fires, Many in the Amazon Remain Defiant

RIO DE JANEIRO — Seeing the global panic over thousands of forest fires in the Amazon last week, and hearing the calls to boycott Brazilian products, Agamenon da Silva Menezes wondered if the world had gone mad. Mr. da Silva is a farmers’ union leader in Novo Progresso, a community in a heavily deforested state […]

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At G7 Summit, Trump Meets Allies Who Remain Wary of Him

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times Trump has backed away from his latest threat in the trade war with China. President Trump backed off a threat to escalate his trade war with China, admitting to “second […]

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Brazil Military Mobilizes to Fight Amazon Fires, and Restore ‘Positive Perception’

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rocked by global outrage and threats of economic losses over its handling of fires raging in the Amazon rain forest, Brazil on Saturday began a hastily planned military operation to battle the blazes and generate a “positive perception” of the country. As of Saturday, at least four Brazilian states had formally […]

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Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Have Surged This Year

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fires are burning in the Amazon rain forest at one of the fastest paces in years, Brazil’s space research center said this week. The center, the National Institute for Space Research, which monitors fires using satellite images, said on Tuesday that it had detected 74,155 fires this year in the world’s […]

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Bolsonaro Fires Head of Agency Tracking Amazon Deforestation in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil on Friday fired the head of a government agency that had revealed a big increase in deforestation in the Amazon, with the dismissal inciting protests from environmental organizations and public workers. The sacking of Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão, a well-respected physicist, came a day after Mr. […]

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In the Fight to Save the Planet, Its Defenders Are Being Killed

In an endangered world of dwindling resources, a line by Pogo, Walt Kelly’s popular newspaper-comic hero of the last century, is worth recalling: “When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.” It’s worth keeping this maxim top of mind as one reads the latest annual report from Global Witness, an independent organization that […]

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From Environmental Leader to ‘Worst Company in the World’

For years, the American agricultural giant Cargill has been on relatively good terms with environmental advocates, praised for agreeing to a landmark moratorium on buying soybeans grown on deforested land in the Amazon rain forest. In recent weeks, though, that relationship has soured over the company’s refusal to agree to a similar moratorium in another […]

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Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining. Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one […]

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How to Save the Amazon Rain Forest

Throughout the Amazon region, human activities like agricultural production, infrastructure development and logging are leading to alarming levels of deforestation. After impressive advances like the tripling of protected areas in Colombia, we are now seeing backsliding or insufficient improvement throughout the basin. Policies that are sound on paper often succumb to the combination of weak […]

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