A MapBiomas study released at COP27 on changes in land use in threatened South American ecosystems found that expanding farming and cattle raising activities were drivers for the loss of Amazonian forests between 1985 and 2020.
Reporter at InfoAmazonia in the PlenaMata project, Leandro was editor-in-chief of the Página 20.Net portal and reporter at the print newspaper Página 20 and the ContilNet Notícias website. He also worked as communication director at the Comissão Pró-Índio do Acre, at the Biblioteca da Floresta and at the Fundação de Cultura Garibaldi Brasil. Leandro holds a degree in Social Communication with a major in Journalism from the Federal University of Acre (Ufac).
The challenges Lula will face to eradicate illegal deforestation in Amazonia by 2028
Specialists focus on the difficulties the new 2023 administration faces to reach the goal promised by the Bolsonaro administration at COP26 last year. Escalating deforestation rates could keep Brazil from carrying out its promise.
Protected areas absorb 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in Amazonia
A Brazilian Climate Observatory study found that the dense vegetation in the states of Amazonas and Amapá, regions whose territories are more than half composed of Conservation Units and Indigenous Territories, was able to remove all the CO2e that had been released to their atmosphere in 2021.
Four years of Bolsonaro’s Amazon destruction, in satellite imagery
Deforestation in the Amazon has spiraled out of control during Jair Bolsonaro’s as president. InfoAmazonia and PlenaMata have illustrated the destruction using satellite imagery.
Pro-environment bloc in the Chamber shrinks by 20%, but gains heavyweight names
Brazilians elect 81 federal deputies committed to the environmental cause, 20 fewer than in the current legislature. Former environment minister Marina Silva and indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara promise to heat up debates on the issue in Brasília.
60 candidates in Amazonia had their campaigns funded by deforesters
They received a total of R$1.77 million in 8 states. Most belong to parties in Bolsonaro’s support base in Congress, in particular the Partido Liberal (PL) and the União Brasil. A candidate from Acre, convicted of modern slavery, received the largest donation to any candidate in the Amazon from his own father, arrested for environmental crime.
Deforestation in the Amazon in the month of July increases by 160% during the past three years of the Bolsonaro administration
An area the size of the city of São Paulo was deforested in the Amazon in July 2022 alone. Pará state leads the monthly ranking; however, the cumulative total for the year shows Amazonas state in the lead for the first time. Estimates suggest that the annual rate of deforestation in the biome will be the highest since 2006.
Luciana Gatti: ‘We are wrecking our rain-making factory’
A scientist at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, with almost two decades’ research on the Amazon for, has carried out a ground-breaking analysis of how deforestation puts agricultural production at risk and turns Brazil into a driver of climate change.
“The Javari Valley shows us how the words of a president can lead to an increase in crime”, says the indigenous defender Carlos Travassos
The murders of the indigenous defender Bruno Pereira and the British journalist Dom Phillips attracted the world’s gazes to the region of the Javari Valley, in the west of Amazonas. The second largest indigenous land in Brazil is home to the largest number of isolated populations in the world and has two National Indian Foundation […]
Proposed Brazil-Peru road through untouched Amazon gains momentum
Scientists and residents of the Serra do Divisor National Park fear impacts of development on the unique biodiversity of the area between Brazil’s Acre state and Peru