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Surprise! Scientists find two new 'high-voltage' electric eels

South American rivers are home to at least three different species of electric eels, including one newly identified species capable of generating a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal.

Brazil rejects G7 money — accuses Macron of 'colonialism'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that the country would turn down the money that was pledged at the G7 summit in France on Monday to help in fighting the Amazon rainforest fires.

One empty chair at G7 climate meeting: Trump's

Biarritz - U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France, leaving an empty chair as global power brokers debated how to help the fire-ravaged Amazon and reduce carbon emissions.

Bolsonaro caves — Sends troops to fight Amazon rainforest fires

Bowing to increasing pressure to act from leaders around the world and protesters in the streets, President Jair Bolsonaro sent Brazil's military to fight forest fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon rainforest fires portend a global climate emergency

Record fires sweeping across the Amazon this month are bringing renewed scrutiny to Brazil's deforestation policy and have environmental researchers and conservationists worried the fires will only aggravate the climate crisis.

Record number of wildfires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

A record number of wildfires are burning away large areas of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to satellite imagery provided by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Germany cuts funding to Brazil to preserve the Amazon rainforest

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday said his country has “no need” for German aid aimed at helping protect the Amazon rainforest after Berlin said it would suspend funding because of surging deforestation.

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest is approaching tipping-point

Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest is being cleared away at such a fast rate that it is approaching a "tipping point" beyond which it may not be able to recover, an expert has warned.

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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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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Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil  2016
Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil, 2016
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Brazil s Amazon region.
Brazil's Amazon region.
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Image playback from Inpe s website shows how the image appears on the satellite (left) and what it a...
Image playback from Inpe's website shows how the image appears on the satellite (left) and what it actually looks like. - Photo: Playback / Inpe.
Scrteen grab from CNN News video showing intensity of the fires in the Amazoin rainforest.
Scrteen grab from CNN News video showing intensity of the fires in the Amazoin rainforest.
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Agents from IBAMA  Brazil s environmental police  searching for illegal logging activity in Indigeno...
Agents from IBAMA, Brazil's environmental police, searching for illegal logging activity in Indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest, May 22, 2018.
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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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Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil  2016 15  2016.
Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil, 2016 15, 2016.
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