Brazil’s federal police conducted the ‘Xilófagos’ operation on the morning of Thursday the 18th. They were investigating environmental crimes committed in the capital and in the interior of Roraima, Brazil.
The forest that remains is receiving less rain, which in turn is making it less green which means the trees that are there are pulling in less carbon dioxide from the air around them.
The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcomings of the government’s environmental policies.
A new report which focused on the Amazon states of Mato Grosso and Pará, where the researchers interviewed ranchers and meat processors − finds the cost of raising beef cattle is prompting many ranchers to consider switching to crops such as palm oil.
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.
The Interethnic Association for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (Aidesep) reported that indigenous leaders from various regions of the country are being trained in the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for better protection of their territories.
The video and petition call for an end to Amazon oil drilling, stating “the science is clear: we have to keep two-thirds of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change”.
A high-rise observation tower will be built in Brazil to monitor climate change and its impacts on the Amazon’s ecosystem.
The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers” − the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil.
What makes Lago Agrio different is the ongoing ecological disaster. Disease and death began to spread around the town and the surrounding village of Shushufundi after the petroleum wells were opened in 1962.