The Amazon holds 80% of Brazil’s mangroves. A bridge between terrestrial and marine environments, mangrove formations guard stores of greenhouse gases, shelter unique species, and maintain human populations, but they are under threat.
In two years, five community leaders murdered over land dispute involving authorities in North Brazil
A series of murders, threats and persecutions have affected the daily life of Cedro and Flexeira, two quilombola communities in Maranhão state, in the northeast of Brazil. A judge, a prosecutor and a substitute city council member are directly involved in land conflicts targeting the communities.
The anti-Amazon bills on the agenda for Congress
Institutions heard by InfoAmazonia and PlenaMata list the bills that pose the biggest threat to the forest and its peoples. Containing the threats depends on popular pressure and organized opposition to Bolsonaro.
Deforestation in the Amazon reduced rains and increased electricity bills for Brazilians
Research shows that forest clearing reduced water flow and power generation in hydroelectric plants in the Center-West and Southeast of the country. Despite the environmental and electricity bill impacts, the government wants new power plants and dams on the Tapajós River.
Conserved landscapes act as barriers against diseases like Covid-19
Scientists emphasize that reducing the threats of contagion by zoonoses depends on “landscape immunity”, but in Brazil, the maintenance of large conserved environments runs into loopholes and delays in implementing the Forest Code.
Deforestation grows in electoral years in Brazil and other tropical countries
An analysis of 55 countries between 2001 and 2018 reveals that Brazil is one of the tropical countries that lost the most forests in electoral years. Experts point out that political disputes are expected to increase deforestation in the Amazon in 2022.
Researchers call for an international boycott of products linked to deforestation in the Amazon
Blocks such as the European Union should expand restrictions on purchases associated with deforestation and other impacts in tropical countries.
NGOs and governments band together to avoid monocultures of açaí and cocoa in the state of Pará
Acai production has skyrocketed, increasing 40% since 2015. Authorities and experts are concerned about rising demand and want to ensure that crops are grown sustainably.
How money laundering, livestock, and land grabbing feed corruption in the Amazon
Studies show how corruption occurs in the forest, from land grabbing and land theft, and how it is considered a good deal because of impunity. In the case of the gold trade, the law itself favors laundering.
Hunting, deforestation, and fire threaten jaguars in the world’s largest rainforest
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office wants harsher penalties for a gang that killed big cats in the state of Acre. No one has been arrested. In the Amazon, human action kills or displaces about 350 jaguars every year.