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

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”

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
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

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
Between 2010 and 2018, commitments made by companies to tackle deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon ensured the protection of about 7,000 square kilometers of forest. But it could have been 24,000. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Neil Palmer (CIAT) Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cattle-related deforestation in the Amazon could have been halved

If anti-deforestation agreements had been fully implemented, 24 thousand km2 of land could have been saved in the Amazon compared to the 7 thousand actually protected between 2010 and 2018, according to a study from U.S.
Trucks at work in the Kayapó and Munduruku indigenous territories in southeastern Pará. According to Greenpeace, Hyundai's vehicles are widely used by gold diggers responsible for deforestation in the Amazon. Photo: © Marizilda Cruppe / Greenpeace. For editorial use only, not for marketing or advertising campaigns. Credit-line compulsoryPhoto: © Marizilda Cruppe / Greenpeace. For editorial use only, not for marketing or advertising campaigns. Credit-line compulsory

Greenpeace targets Hyundai: “75 of its excavators are at the service of deforestation in the Amazon”

The accusation by the environmental organization: in the Amazon, gold miners use the Korean manufacturer's vehicles to destroy indigenous community lands. "Now Hyundai should cooperate with the Brazilian government."
By 2022, the Brazilian Amazon suffered its worst deforestation in 15 years, losing the equivalent of nearly 3,000 soccer fields a day. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Record monthly deforestation in the Amazon is alarming for Lula

In February, the Amazon lost more than 300 km2 of forest. Brazil's new government promised a turnaround after the woes suffered under President Bolsonaro. Between 2004 and 2012 Brazil recorded its best results in land protection
According to the study, 40 percent of businesses and companies that contribute the most to deforestation have not yet developed a plan to reduce their impact on the phenomenon. Photo: Andrew Taylor/WDM Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Andrew Taylor/WDM Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

4 out of 10 companies have made no commitment against deforestation

According to Global Canopy 201 of the 500 companies and financial firms most exposed to deforestation have taken no action to address the problem. Financial institutions perform worse than non-financial companies
In 2020, deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon affected 2,032 square kilometers of land, up from 548 in 2019. Photo: Shao Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Shao Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Deforestation and drug trafficking threaten Peru’s communities

Deforestation has affected an area of 680 square kilometers between the Huánuco and Ucayali regions in the center of the country. Between 2013 and 2021, the territory lost 15 percent of its tree cover
The Federal Supreme Court (Portuguese: Supremo Tribunal Federal) is Brazil's supreme court. It serves as both a court of appeal and a constitutional court, and its rulings are not subject to appeal. Photo: Rob Sinclair CC BY-SA 2.0Rob Sinclair CC BY-SA 2.0

Brazil Supreme Court restarts the Amazon rainforest Fund

Former President Bolsonaro had blocked it in 2019. The country's highest court ruled that the financial vehicle must be operational again within 60 days. After his reelection at the end of October, Lula will thus have at his disposal a fund with credits worth more than $20 billion
One of the large communal houses inhabited by Yanomami people in the state of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit territories by land acquisitions. PHOTO: © Dennison Berwick/Survival© Dennison Berwick/Survival

Brazil, a law has deprived Indigenous people of 250,000 hectares in two years

In the South American country, a disputed 2020 law paved the way for the acquisition of non-demarcated indigenous lands. Despite legal battles more than two-thirds of Brazilan states are still enforcing the legislation