Driven by demand from Asian consumers, rising prices, and made possible by new technologies -- gold mining is threatening some of the most diverse tropical forests in South America.
Dust from the Sahara blows minerals from fish fossils across the Atlantic and helps plants grow in the Amazon rainforest.
The biggest killers of Amazon trees might not be the massive walls of flame set by humans for deforestation, but stealthy understory fires that eat away at the trees like a cancer beneath the canopy. Continue reading →
A huge swath of pristine rainforest will likely go to oil companies. ->
The frequency of severe drought conditions in the Amazon Rainforest indicates potential for accelerated climate change.
A moratorium on cutting the Brazilian Amazon to plant soy may have reduced soy's direct impact on the forest for the past five years, but a proposed amendment to the Brazilian forest code could re-open the forest to soy.
Soybeans and sugarcane crops have increased deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil, but not directly.
Without rain, a rainforest doesn't last too long.
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