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First ecosystem with its own insurance policy

22 Jul 21 - A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?

Amazon rainforest releasing more carbon than it stores

15 Jul 21 - Over the last several years researchers have said that the Amazon is on the verge of transforming from a crucial storehouse for heat-trapping gasses to a source of them, a dangerous shift that could destabilize the atmosphere of the planet.

Technology boosts efforts to curb tree loss in Amazon

14 Jul 21 - Technology can help indigenous communities to significantly curb deforestation, according to a new study.

Twenty five mega-cities produce 52% of the world's urban GHG emissions

13 Jul 21 - A new study shows that just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of urban greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Hot air’ carbon offset scheme undermines Colombia’s climate goal

1 Jul 21 - Colombia stands to lose $62m in carbon tax revenue and underperform its emissions targets due to flawed forest carbon credit projects, investigators claim.

An indigenous leader fighting climate change

30 Jun 21 - Indigenous land defender Nemonte Nenquimo discusses how climate change has altered the Amazon, the plant medicines used to help fight COVID-19, and the ancestral knowledge passed down by her elders.

Bolsonaro accused of ecocide

28 Jun 21 - Indigenous leaders and human rights groups in Brazil want President Jair Bolsonaro prosecuted for crimes against humanity.


Brazil's slash and burning of regulations threatens Amazon

24 May 21 - President Bolsonaro wants to slash Brazil’s environmental licences, a move critics say will open a free-for-all in the Amazon.

Amazon is now net GHG emitter: study finds

3 May 21 - Something is wrong in the lungs of the world. Decades of burning, logging, mining and development have tipped the scales, and now the Amazon Basin may be emitting more greenhouse gases than it...

Mexico’s cactuses find novel path to cooler climate

15 Apr 21 - Rainforests are prized for storing carbon, but Mexico’s cactuses are also vital to climate cooling, and provide leather too.

Biden in risky talks to save Amazon

13 Apr 21 - The US is negotiating a multi-billion dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the reelection of president Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon.

Brazil to pay farmers to protect nature

26 Mar 21 - Brazil's lawmakers have cleared the way for the creation of a national system to pay farmers, local communities and others to protect natural habitats that provide key environmental services such as...

Meat giant vows net-zero by 2040 amid record profits

26 Mar 21 - Brazilian company JBS, the world’s biggest meat processor, has announced record profits a day after it pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 – the first global meat and poultry...

Brazil sets ‘indicative’ goal of carbon neutrality by 2060

10 Dec 20 - Brazil has announced it will aim for carbon neutrality by 2060, sparking anger among campaigners who say the pledge is meaningless and a deliberate distraction from president Jair Bolsonaro’s...

Brazilian spies intimidated government’s own delegates at climate talks

15 Oct 20 - Brazil’s spy agency has been accused of trying to intimidate its own government’s negotiators and Brazilian environmentalists at the COP25 climate talks in Madrid last year.

Chinese fishing vessels sound alarm off Galapagos

29 Jul 20 - Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands.

New Brazilian map unmasks illegal foresters

23 Jul 20 - Shoppers should have a bone to pick with Brazil. A new map shows just how much of the country's beef and animal feed exports are tainted by the illegal destruction of rainforest and savannah.

Supermarket chains threaten Brazil boycott

21 May 20 - British supermarkets have warned Brazil they might have to boycott its products if lawmakers there pass a contentious bill that could enable faster destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Bolsonaro sends in his soldiers

13 May 20 - Brazil has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest as the government mounts a response to surging deforestation ahead of the high season for forest fires.


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