In a conversations with InfoAmazonia, Maial Kaiapó, Samela Sateré-Mawé, Júnior Hekurari Yanomami and Alessandra Korap Munduruku spoke about the historically important establishment of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, and the sense of relief following the dismantling of environmental policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deter’s alerts recorded the largest deforestation in the forest since 2016. The destruction was concentrated in the states of Mato Grosso, Roraima, and Pará and advanced on areas in southern Amazonas and in the region around the BR-319 highway. Deforestation is fueled by a lack of oversight and is expected to grow this year.
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.
Blocks such as the European Union should expand restrictions on purchases associated with deforestation and other impacts in tropical countries.
In Vaupés, a department in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous peoples cling to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A concession for the exploitation of coltan angers three communities: the leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has been violated.