As the world's largest rainforest, the Amazon is not only an important carbon sink, but also home to thousands of species of plants and animals and a crucial part of the water cycle.
Deforestation and extreme blazes threaten the region's biodiversity, risk transforming the rainforest into a semi-arid savannah and expose people to zoonoses that could spur new pandemics.
Forest that has been disturbed – but not cleared – by logging or fire can be hard to spot from satellites.
The Bolsonaro government cannot simply allow Brazil's out-of-control coronavirus pandemic to decimate its Indigenous population, Brazil's Supreme Court says.
Jair Bolsonaro's government has put forward laws that could put Indigenous land into the hands of mining, agricultural and timber businesses.
Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned.
A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.
Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.
A new study revealed that indigenous territories store more than half the carbon in the Amazon forest.
'Black carbon' from rainforest fires is settling on glaciers and making them melt faster, according to new research.
Brazilian evangelicals are politically conservative, but they still believe in climate change. Turning them into climate activists, however, will be a challenge for the environmentalist movement.
Hundreds of bishops, priests, missionaries and tribal leaders are at the Vatican for the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting focused on the environmental crisis threatening Amazonian peoples.
California's new plan to fight global climate change is innovative. But it raises tricky ethical questions with no easy answers.
Reversing the damage from fires in Brazil's rainforest is not as simple as allowing trees to grow back. Decades of research shows how fires degrade their long-term health and utility.
The monster trees are almost 90m tall, and may make the Amazon's northeast a much greater carbon sink than previously thought.
The Amazon will take a lifetime to recover from this year's fires – if it ever does.
Rainforest fires heat the planet, but the degraded forest left behind has far more consequences for the local environment.
You didn't cause the fires, but you can help prevent them spreading.
Fire doesn't have to be destructive. For many in the Amazon, it is part of their livelihood and culture.
What the Amazon fires mean for Jair Bolsonaro politically.