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Turbulent Times in the Amazon

Sometimes conservation controversies explode so fast in one place that it becomes almost white-hot. That’s what’s happening right now in the Amazon—with a cyclonic mix of good and bad news. We summarize here some of the key highlights. GOOD NEWS BIG NEW PARK First, Peru has just declared an expansive new national...

Mining Madness In The Amazon

Mining Madness In The Amazon

Legal and illegal mining is veering out of control in the Amazon — imperiling not just surviving wild-lands but also national parks, protected areas, and indigenous peoples too.  Here, John Seed from the Rainforest Information Centre and ALERT member Philip Fearnside give us a glimpse of the ongoing onslaught in Ecuador and...

Environmental Nightmare For The Amazon

Environmental Nightmare For The Amazon

ALERT member Philip Fearnside, arguably the world’s leading authority on Amazon conservation, tells us about chilling recent events in Brazil: The last two months have seen a spectacular series of blows to Brazil’s environmental licensing system and other eco-protections. These have occurred in the days and even hours leading up to a...

A torrent in the central Amazon

Forests Reduce Flooding

A longstanding debate in hydrological science is the degree to which forests actually limit downstream flooding.  Now a mega-study in Panama provides the strongest direct evidence to date that forests do indeed soak-up massive amounts of rainfall and then release it gradually over time. Destructive floods cause billions of dollars of damage...

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