An abandoned gold mine in the Guyana rainforest.
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Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned.
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Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.
An Amazonian man surveys the swollen river.
Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.
Indigenous Shipibo people using facial masks made of leaves in the province of Uyacali, Peru.
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The lockdown may be a greater worry than the disease itself.
Antonio, from the Yanomami village of Watoriki, photographed in November 1992. After contact with Brazilian society in the 1970s, more than half the Yanomami population died from infectious diseases.
There are telling parallels between the current pandemic and those that decimated indigenous populations in the post-Columbian era in the Amazon.
The age-old practice of priestly celibacy is now under fire, with the suggestion that the rules should be relaxed.
Prescribed fires are often done to eliminate weeds and renew the grasses in pastures for ranching across the Amazon.
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 First Mass in Brazil (1860) by Victor Meirelles.
After five centuries of extraction, the Amazon region stands on the brink.
A fire in the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, in Amazonas state, Brazil, Aug. 17, 2019.
Don't blame climate change for the 39,000 forest fires now incinerating huge tracts of the Brazilian Amazon. This environmental catastrophe is human-made and highly political.
Who has the right to use an Amazon domain name? The people who live there or a company with the same name?
Munduruku tribal people are demanding that Brazil’s government respect their land rights.
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Brazil's new president could clear the way for plans to develop remote areas around the Tapajos River basin over the objections of the indigenous people who live there.
Maningrida, a community on Australia’s remote north-central coast, is a language hotspot.
At the Maningrida football Grand Final in 2015, commentary was recorded in nine languages. But elsewhere, the threat of language loss poses a serious risk to our nation’s cultural inheritance.
One of the four newly discovered titi monkeys from Southern Amazon, Brazil.
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How can there be boom in new species discoveries while others are dying out at unprecedented rates?
The Amazon's largest dam is nearly complete. But the social and environmental costs of huge hydropower projects are just not worth it.
Birds don’t fly across wide Amazonian rivers like the Rio Negro.
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Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them. Research using birds' molecular clocks provides some answers.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
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Indigenous communities lived in the Amazon for thousands of years without chopping down their forests.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
The history of the rubber 'boom' reveals why.
Forest fires emit twice as much carbon in the Brazilian Amazon as deforestation, according to new research.