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‘The future of earth is at risk’: New drone footage of deforestation in Amazon shows cost of meat industry 20.9.2019 Raw Story
“Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest.” A new investigation from the group Mercy for Animals uses drone footage to reveal the scope of devastation in the Amazon rainforest for growing meat. “Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest,” filmmaker Mark Devries says in a video highlighting some of the group’s […]
Human Rights Watch accuses Brazil’s Bolsonaro of giving a ‘green light’ to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon 18.9.2019 Raw Story
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro of giving a “green light” to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon and failing to protect those defending the world’s largest rain forest. Bolsonaro, whose anti-environment rhetoric and policies have been widely blamed for a spike in fires and land clearing in the Amazon this […]
Endangered orangutans could be the biggest losers as Indonesia builds a new capital 13.9.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Indonesia could be trading one environmental disaster for another when it relocates its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, a hotbed of coal mining, gas extraction and palm oil production on the giant island of Borneo.

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Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change 13.9.2019 Raw Story
With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming. The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in […]
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Opinion: California can help save the Amazon rainforest. Do we have the guts to try? 12.9.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Like so much of California's approach to climate policy, the Tropical Forest Standard is an experiment worth trying.

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White nationalism and crony capitalism are the sparks that started fires in the Amazon 10.9.2019 Raw Story
The man-made Amazon fires are for clearing the land of its forests and indigenous people. The benefits are for Jair Bolsonaro’s cronies, while producing a climate disaster for the world. The Amazon fires in Brazil have become worldwide news. Explaining the fires recently, Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space […]
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The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Pumping the CO2 Trees Normally Absorb Out Into the Atmosphere 10.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"The Amazon is a carbon sink, which slows the rate of carbon dioxide build up in the atmosphere, and thus climate warming," said James Randerson from the University of California, Irvine.
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Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Only Going to Get Worse | Opinion 9.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"If Brazil does not retreat from the course it is on, scientists warn there will come a time in the near future when Amazonian fires burn without control and push the forest to a point of no return," researcher Robert Walker said.
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In Brazil’s rainforests, the worst fires are likely still to come 9.9.2019 Raw Story
The number of fires this year in the Amazon is the highest since 2010, reaching more than 90,000 active fires. Farmers and ranchers routinely use fires to clear the forest. But this year’s number reflects a worrisome uptick in the rate of deforestation, which had started to drop around 2005 before rebounding earlier this decade. […]
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Opinion: The Amazon forest isn't the only one in peril. Trump has his eye on Alaska 8.9.2019 LA Times: Opinion

President Trump wants to undo protections that cover more than half of the Tongass National Forest to development, encouraging large-scale commercial logging of old growth trees.

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‘Getting angry on social media not enough’: Thousands across 6 continents mobilize to combat destruction of Amazon Rainforest 6.9.2019 Raw Story
“Get organized, get active, and join forces in defense of the Amazon and in defense of our future.” Because “getting angry on social media is not enough” to put a stop to the fires and profit-driven policies ravaging the Amazon rainforest, thousands of people across six continents mobilized on Thursday to protest the destruction of […]
National Wildlife Day: Most Endangered Species and How You Can Help 4.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A landmark U.N. report recently warned that one million species around the world are at risk of extinction due to human pressures and climate change.
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Clash of cultures as Amazon cowboys close in on indigenous lands 3.9.2019 Raw Story
As evening falls over their Amazon home, the hunter gatherers of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people extract bamboo arrows from the flank of a wild pig and begin roasting it. A few miles — and a world — away on the opposite side of the rainforest’s delicate existential divide, cowboys on horseback round up cattle at the […]
Star Wars: the evolution of the Death Star reflects Hollywood’s growing fears of a climate apocalypse 3.9.2019 Raw Story
Science fiction films are rarely about the future. Their distant planets and remote time periods instead seem to reflect upon the concerns and anxieties of the contemporary moment. For instance, 1978’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers played on the US public’s fear of communism at the height of the Cold War. Terminator 2: Judgement Day capitalised […]
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Defiant Bolsonaro vows to defend Amazon policy ‘in wheelchair’ at UN 2.9.2019 Raw Story
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro vowed Monday to defend his controversial Amazon policy at this month’s UN General Assembly even if he had to do so “in a wheelchair.” “I will appear before the UN even in a wheelchair, on a stretcher. I will appear because I want to talk about the Amazon,” Bolsonaro told reporters […]
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Amazon Burns Amid Brazil’s Incendiary Politics 2.9.2019
Fires rage in the Amazon as Brazilian President Bolsonaro becomes a target of global indignation, writes Pepe Escobar.  By Pepe Escobar in Curitiba, Brazil Asia Times Brazil has always been a land of superlatives. Yet nothing beats the current, perverse…Read more →
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“The Amazon Stays, Bolsonaro Goes”: Protesters in Brazil Demand Action on Rainforest Fires 31.8.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by National Observer and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Last Friday, in the streets outside the government buildings in Brazil’s capital city, I walked with nearly a thousand people in desperate concern over the relentless and unprecedented burning of one of the most important ecosystems in the world. A […]
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This Is What The Amazon Fires Look Like From Space 30.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Satellites from the space agency have been tracking thick smoke and high temperatures from the record-breaking fires.
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Amazon Fires Threaten 'World's Most Endangered Tribe' As Campaigners Say Indigenous Fire Departments Are Being Stopped: 'These People Depend on the Forest' 30.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"These fires are now not just an environmental catastrophe, they're also potentially genocidal," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.
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After ignoring climate at G7, Trump gets back to work killing the planet 30.8.2019 Raw Story
President Trump made a show of opposing his fellow G7 leaders on climate change and Russia. Now back in the United States, Trump is doubling down by helping the Kremlin and gutting greenhouse gas regulations. This article first appeared in Salon. Trump spent much of his time at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, complaining to […]
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