Atlantic rainforests once lined the island’s west coast – and could one day return.
Co-author of this article, Chief Ninawa, hereditary Chief of the Huni Kui Indigenous people of the Amazon, holds a sign that says: ‘Amazon is life, petroleum and gas is death’ outside a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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A different future will not be possible without reverence, respect, reciprocity and responsibility towards the Earth. On this issue, Indigenous Peoples have a lot to share.
Maria Elena Paredes.
Estradas ilegais trouxeram desmatamento, fogo e outros danos ambientais para a Amazônia. Os resultados do segundo turno presidencial de 2022 podem ter um grande impacto no futuro.
Richard Mosse, Broken Spectre, 2022 (still).
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Broken Spectre, an immersive, 74-minute-long moving image work, is having its world premiere at the NGV.
Maria Elena Paredes, coordinator of the Community Vigilance Committee for the Ashéninka community of Sawawo Hito 40, points to satellite images showing deforestation.
Illegal roads have brought deforestation, fire and other environmental damage to the Amazon. The results of the 2022 presidential runoff could have a major impact for the future.
The Yellow River in China winds past aquaculture and an oil and gas field on its way to a newly formed channel.
With decades of images and data from the same locations, these satellites can show changes over time, including deforestation, changes in waterways and how loss of trees corresponds to urban heat.
Tropical forest covers 12% of the planet’s land surface yet hosts around two thirds of all terrestrial species. Amazonia, which spans the vast Amazon River basin and the Guiana Shield in South America…
NASA’s Landsat satellites have been monitoring changes on Earth’s landscape for 50 years.
When Indigenous peoples lose their river flow to dams, satellite programs like Landsat – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary – can help them fight for their resources.
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New research suggests 75% of the rainforest has become less resilient to stress since the early 2000s.
Fussy about moisture and temperature, ferns are excellent indicators of environmental change.
A satellite captured large and small deforestation patches in Amazonas State in 2015. The forest loss has escalated since then.
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Land grabs spearheaded by wealthy interests are accelerating deforestation, and Brazil’s National Congress is working to legitimize them.
Saving African forests is a global concern and needs prioritisation.
Indigenous Peoples protest the Brazilian government’s efforts to exterminate their rights and legalize destruction of the Amazon forest at the ‘Luta Pela Vida’ (struggle for life) protest, in August 2021, in Brasilia, Brazil.
The climate emergency can’t be addressed with simplistic solutions. A network of Indigenous communities in Brazil invites us to reorient colonial approaches and embrace deeper change.
Mountain forests are significant carbon stores.
Towering trees in African tropical mountain forests are a vital, overlooked carbon store threatened by deforestation.
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The decline of forest creatures like the Chapman’s chameleon are warning signs that forests are losing integrity.
Dawn in Serra do Mar, Brazil.
For one of Earth’s most biodiverse forests, 21,000 years of natural change pale in comparison to modern, man-made climate breakdown.
Australians should see the rainforest as a cultural landscape – one that has been managed and maintained by people, rather than just a relic unchanged since the dinosaurs.
Planting trees can sometimes be a carbon-offset box-ticking exercise, but reforestation is a long-term commitment that supports communities, promotes biodiversity and tackles the climate emergency.
Join The Conversation as we answer children’s questions on the rainforest.
Cape Town residents queued up for water as the taps nearly ran dry in 2018.
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The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.