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La foresta amazzonica conserva circa il 30% del mercurio sequestrato nel suolo a livello globale. Foto: Neil Palmer/CIAT CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Deforestation fosters mercury emissions into the atmosphere

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Forests perform an essential ecosystem service by storing mercury and preventing its spread into waterways. That's why deforestation poses a threat in terms of pollution, a MIT study finds
Forest fragmentation is the process of dividing forested areas into smaller parts by cutting down trees Photo: Riccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericRiccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In the Amazon, forest fragmentation changes the shape of trees

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A study from the University of Helsinki highlights how trees in forests change their appearance to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Results are relevant on a global scale
Forests play a key role in climate regulation but it is not easy to determine exactly how much carbon they absorb and how much they release into the atmosphere. Photo: Pedro Biondi/ABr CC BY 3.0 BR DEED Attribution 3.0 BrazilPedro Biondi/ABr CC BY 3.0 BR DEED Attribution 3.0 Brazil

Data on forest emissions are still diverging. But there is a solution

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Data on forest emissions are still diverging. But there is a solution
By 2022 deforestation in the Amazon had affected 10,573 square kilometers. Photo: James Martins CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 UnportedJames Martins CC BY 3.0 DEED Attribution 3.0 Unported

Sensors and AI fight deforestation in the Amazon

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The University of the Amazon has developed a tool to detect potential threats to the forest in the field. It recognizes noises such as chainsaws and tractors: so it can warn of dangers in real time
The Amazon region of Bolivia is home to more than 1.2 million inhabitants, many of them belonging to 29 different indigenous peoples. Photo: Dirk Embert / WWF Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)Dirk Embert / WWF Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Amazonia, rights, deforestation: “Bolivia has not kept its promises”

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Since 2009, the Constitution of Bolivia has promoted the protection of the rights of native peoples and the environment. But the exploitation of natural resources, The Conversation accuses, continues and deforestation is increasing
By 2022, forest destruction in Ghana increased by 71%, the highest figure on the planet. Photo: Maite Knorr-Evans, World Resources Institute Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Maite Knorr-Evans, World Resources Institute Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Destruction of tropical forests increased by 10% in 2022

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Despite formal commitments made in Glasgow in 2021, the loss of primary rainforests in the tropics is increasing, says Global Forest Watch. Brazil tops the list. The cases of Congo R.D., Ghana and Bolivia are also worrying
The 34 per cent decrease recorded between January and June this year in the Amazon comes after a 54 per cent increase from August to December 2022 under the previous government. Photo: Lubasi Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Photo: Lubasi Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It’s the Lula effect? Amazon deforestation falls by 34% in six months

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The numbers, which have not been verified by an independent authority, would mark a turnaround for the Amazon after a particularly bad 2022. Fines and bans are increasing. But fires are also on the rise, having never been so extensive since 2007
"Terra preta" ('black soil' in English) is found although in small amounts in the Amazon and is part of the macro category of so-called black soils, known for their fertility. Photo: Holger Casselmann Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Holger Casselmann Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The secret to Amazon regeneration lies in black soil

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According to Brazilian research, the valuable black soil found in parts of the Amazon retains unique characteristics that promote the rapid recovery of deforested land
Thanks to artificial intelligence, deforestation can be prevented by detecting the presence of key variables. Photo: Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real from Manaus AM, Brasil Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real from Manaus AM, Brasil Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Artificial intelligence challenges deforestation in Brazil

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The PrevisIA system uses artificial intelligence to rapidly analyze satellite imagery detecting critical variables that can promote deforestation. "Its predictive ability is fantastic," according to its creators
In the Amazon, in the absence of landowner exemptions, natural vegetation could have retained 2.4 billion tons of carbon. Photo: Rawpixel Public Domain Free CC0 ImageRawpixel Public Domain Free CC0 Image

Landowner amnesty has hampered land restoration in the Amazon

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Since 2012, more than 50 percent of deforestation in the Amazon has occurred in "protected" areas in private hands, a U.S. study has found. Amnesty that excluded managers from restoration obligation was crucial