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Large birds can boost forest carbon storage — if deforestation doesn’t interfere

18 Jun 24 - A new study shows large fruit-eating birds in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest can contribute to a 38% increase in carbon storage by regenerating tropical forest.

New bill to expand farmlands in the Amazon may derail Brazil’s green efforts

11 Jun 24 - A bill that would reduce the amount of primary forest that landowners in the Brazilian Amazon must preserve may lead to the deforestation of an area twice the size of Rio de Janeiro state.

More than third of Amazon rainforest struggling to recover from drought, study finds

22 May 24 - More than a third of the Amazon rainforest is struggling to recover from drought, according to a new study that warns of a “critical slowing down” of this globally important ecosystem.

Despite drought, Amazon deforestation alerts hit five-year low

13 May 24 - The Brazilian Amazon experienced a 47% decrease in deforestation in April compared to last year, marking the lowest level in five years, and a 51% decrease over the past 12 months.

Forest carbon accounting lets Guyana remain net zero with oil pumping

9 Apr 24 - Experts said UN rules around forest and oil are open to abuse, so that countries like Guyana can claim net zero without cutting emissions.

Reforestation and restoration: Two ways to make the Pan Amazon greener

19 Mar 24 - One of the benefits of agroforestry and plantation forestry is the ability of tree crops to capture and store carbon in their above-ground biomass.

How a Colombian city cooled dramatically in just three years

8 Mar 24 - With “green corridors” that mimic the natural forest, the Colombian city is driving down temperatures — and could become five degrees cooler over the next few decades.

Colombian community displaced by coastal erosion takes case to human rights commission

4 Mar 24 - A Colombian community under threat from coastal erosion will have their case heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Locals at the mouth of the Amazon River get a salty taste of climate change

28 Feb 24 - Ocean rise and changes in the Amazon River are ruining the way of life in an archipelago close to where the Amazon River runs into the Atlantic.

Critics decry controversial bill that loosens deforestation restrictions in Peru

12 Feb 24 - Peru’s Congress approved a new amendment to the country’s forest and wildlife law, which loosens restrictions on deforestation and may affect the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Meet the young Peruvians fighting in court for climate action

5 Feb 24 - Seven youth plaintiffs, ages ranging from 14 to 16, argue that the state is violating their right to a healthy environment by failing to curb Amazon deforestation and mitigate climate change.

Suriname preparing to clear Amazon for agriculture, documents suggest

19 Dec 23 - The government is weighing a series of land deals that would allow the Ministry of Agriculture and a group of private entities to carry out agriculture, livestock and aquaculture activities in the...

Climate change destroys coastal Mexican town

19 Dec 23 - Flooding, driven by rapid sea-level rise and increasingly brutal winter storms, has all but destroyed El Bosque, leaving twisted piles of concrete where houses used to line the sand.

Record drought hitting Panama Canal may ruin your kids’ Christmas

12 Dec 23 - The impact of a record-breaking drought in Panama has spread beyond energy supplies and is now affecting container shipping, a crucial sector of the global freight market.

Brazil to propose mega fund to conserve forests at COP28 climate summit

27 Nov 23 - Brazil plans to propose a “huge” fund to pay for the conservation of tropical forests at the United Nations COP28 climate change summit, the country’s top climate negotiator said.

The Galapagos are going green

23 Nov 23 - In recent years, there has been a growing movement to transform the archipelago into a beacon of sustainability.

Does the Amazon’s drought mean the forest is at a tipping point?

22 Nov 23 - Scientists say deforestation is compounding the effects of climate change, threatening to turn parts of the forest into savannah.

Oil companies attending climate talks have minimal green energy transition plans, analysis finds

14 Nov 23 - In 2022, a Brazilian oil and gas company had 68 places staked out for oil exploration off the South American coast, searching for new reserves while spending $6.9 billion in oil development projects.

Bolivia forest fires shutter thousands of schools

30 Oct 23 - Tens of thousands of Bolivian pupils had their classes suspended as schools closed their doors due to air pollution caused by massive forest fires, the education minister.

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