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.
A new study found many areas where agriculture and livelihoods could be improved significantly with the addition of roads, while exacting a relatively small toll on the environment.
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.
In the Brazilian Amazon deforestation is a serious problem. But a new study suggests that there is another threat to the rainforest that has been largely ignored: fire.
The composition of the microbial community changes dramatically when rainforests became pastures.