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In areas of the Peruvian Amazon monitored by drones, deforestation was halved in one year. Photo (generic image): Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Smartphones and drones help indigenous communities fight deforestation

Thanks to drones and satellite technology, the Peruvian Amazon has halved the deforestation of indigenous lands in one year.
A protest in front of Brazil's consulate in San Francisco, USA, in 2019. Campaigners' demands on President Jair Bolsonaro have been joined by large investors' pressure. Photo: Peg Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)Peg Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Financial firms put pressure on Bolsonaro: “Brazil must save the Amazon”

A large group of investment funds asks Brazil for more commitment to the protection of its forests. FT: "It's time to give a signal".
Riau, Indonesia. In the Asian nation, illicit timber trade is estimated to account for 40 % of the market. Photo: Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

FAO launches a new digital tool to fight timber predators

A web tool to defend forests from timber predators will help UN organization to tackle a $100 billion business
Liz Chicaje Churay. Photo: Eliana López Pérez Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Eliana López Pérez Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Liz Chicaje Churay, twenty years of struggle for land and biodiversity

A long battle has led Liz Chicaje Churay to her most important goal: 868K hectares of Amazonia are now protected
In the Amazon, large-scale agriculture is reducing rainfall volumes and fueling surface warming. Photo: Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon agricultural boom is speeding up climate change

Researchers' alarm: large-scale cultivation in the Amazon causes a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures.
The carbon great escape: Brazilian Amazon experienced a net loss of 670 million tons between 2010 and 2019. 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)

Brazilian Amazon is releasing more carbon than it stores

Between 2010 and 2019, the Brazilian forest emitted 4.45 billion tons of carbon dioxide while absorbing only 3.78
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Glyphosate-treated soils say goodbye to invertebrates

A research from Mexico: the use of the controversial pesticide reduces the concentration of macroinvertebrates thus depriving the soil of their ecosystem services.
If foreign aid is made available Brazil will succeed in reducing Amazon deforestation by 30%-40%, says Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Photo: Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazil will save the Amazon… as long as US and Norway pay for it

Minister Salles is asking for $1 billion from the international community to save the Amazon. But his country's position is controversial.
Costa Rica unveiled two measures designed to re-carbonise soils, and cash environmental services under the RECSOIL program. Photo: Åsa Berndtsson Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Åsa Berndtsson Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How Recsoil operation is promoting soil quality in Costa Rica

Costa Rica wants to increase soil carbon capture through the Recsoil program. With climate neutrality looming in the background
The portion of the Amazon Rainforest in Rondônia State is one of the areas being investigated for the role of microbes in soil emissions. Photo: Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How deforestation triggers greenhouse gas emissions by soil microbes

Study reveals the role of microbes in driving methane release from soil. Deforestation plays against climate. But restoration strategies are useful