According to many, Rolando Navarro Gómez represented a shift in the Peruvian government’s commitment to fight illegal logging.
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Brazil’s BNDES is the largest development bank in the world. It’s enormous, poorly managed pay outs to Amazon dam projects have fuelled mass corruption.
The extreme long term wildlife harm caused by the Babina dam, built in 1986, offers a cautionary ecological tale for 43 proposed Tapajós River Basin dams.
They stress the need for global leaders to address the growing problem of tropical forest fires, to both protect wildlife habitat and improve public health.
Peru has 71 primate species, 8 of which are endemic — all are at risk from trafficking; hunters often target the most endangered species for the pet trade because, being rare, they earn the biggest profits.
The murder—which coincides with the expansion of illegal gold mining into the Tambopata National Reserve in the Madre de Dios region— could frighten other opponents of mining into silence.
Some 45 percent of 2014 deforestation occurred in the Amazon, while another 24 percent was in the Andes region.
By 2040, many of Brazil’s existing and planned hydropower projects, including those in the Tapajós basin, could become unviable as drought worsens and river flows decrease.
While climate change can certainly exacerbate drought conditions, leading to more frequent wildfires, this year’s ferocious fire season might also have been heavily influenced by the El Niño event developing in the Pacific Ocean.