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Deforestation of Amazon rainforest soars under Bolsonaro

Deforestation in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest rose more than 88 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago under the rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro.

Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil

Brazil has released its worst annual deforestation figures in a decade amid fears that the situation might worsen when the avowedly anti-environmentalist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power.

Absence of 'Flying Rivers' causing severe drought in Brazil

The extreme drought now affecting Sao Paulo, Brazil is thought to be because of the absence of South America's "flying Rivers." No, they are not a mythical entity, but the name given the clouds of water vapor that bring rains to Southeastern Brazil.

Brazilian Feds arrest destroyers of Brazilian Amazon rainforest

With the Brazilian rainforest under attack, Brazil's Federal Police have dismantled the largest destroyer ($220m (£134m)) of their beautiful Amazon Rainforest. Fourteen arrest warrants, 22 search warrants, and four suspects are in process.

Study estimated abundance and diversity of Amazonian tree species

A large study in the Amazon Basin, which includes parts of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, among others, found that in this area there are approximately 390 billion trees belonging to about 16,000 different species.

Ecuador offers oil leases in forest area to Chinese oil companies

Quito - Ecuador intends to auction leases on almost a third of its Amazon rainforest areas to Chinese oil companies. The move has angered indigenous groups in the area and environmentalists.

Rainforest lovers treated to Google Street View of Amazon basin

Manaus - For many of us the Amazon basin is a long way off and even once you get there on an expensive flight you will have to contend with stifling humidity and several insects.

Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park dodges oil exploitation bullet

Quito - An odd alliance of governments, film stars, Japanese businesses, Russian institutions, and soft drink companies have come forward to help protect the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador from exploitation by oil companies.

Agent Orange being used to clear Amazon

A chemical weapon from the Vietnam War-era that has been linked to deaths, injuries, and birth defects is now being used by Brazilian ranchers to clear the Amazonian rain forest to make way for farm land.

New Monkey Sub Species Discovered in Brazilian Amazon

The Brazilian rainforest has ceded one of its secrets to the modern world; a new sub-species of monkey heretofore never seen. The monkey boasts a super long tail and it weighs barely a pound.

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Brazil s Amazon region.
Brazil's Amazon region.
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Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil  2016 15  2016.
Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil, 2016 15, 2016.
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View of Amazon basin forest north of Manaus  Brazil.
View of Amazon basin forest north of Manaus, Brazil.
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On May 24  2014  the reservoir supplying water to Sao Paulo was already at a devastatingly low level...
On May 24, 2014, the reservoir supplying water to Sao Paulo was already at a devastatingly low level.
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The Amazon rainforest s river of water is a vast stream of water vapor carried by the prevailing win...
The Amazon rainforest's river of water is a vast stream of water vapor carried by the prevailing winds eastward to the Andes, and then south.
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