Scientists and environmental groups ‘alarmed’ by huge rise in Amazon wildfires — NBC News Top Stories

“It’s a terrible sign,” said Ane Alencar, science director at Brazil’s Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM).

Scientists and environmental groups ‘alarmed’ by huge rise in Amazon wildfires — NBC News Top Stories

‘It Is Our Very Governments Who Are Killing the Earth.’ A Brazilian Indigenous Leader Speaks Out On Deforestation in the Amazon — TIME

As TIME reported in its recent special climate issue, the fires from the Amazon seen across the skies of Brazil in August “helped illuminate something the world can no longer ignore.” On the front lines of the fight to protect the land is 46-year-old Benki Pyãnko, who has experienced these significant — and devastating—changes to…

via ‘It Is Our Very Governments Who Are Killing the Earth.’ A Brazilian Indigenous Leader Speaks Out On Deforestation in the Amazon — TIME

Flying Above Amazon Rainforest Fires in Brazil, ‘All You Can See Is Death’ — KTLA

The smoke is so thick, at times the Cessna airplane had to climb to stay out of it. At times your eyes burn and you close the air vents to keep the cabin habitable. Sometimes it is so bad, it is hard to see how bad it actually is on the ground below. Flying above…

via Flying Above Amazon Rainforest Fires in Brazil, ‘All You Can See Is Death’ — KTLA

Brazil’s President to Send Military to Help With Massive Wildfires Tearing Through the Amazon Rainforest — KTLA

Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil’s Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to border areas, indigenous territories and other affected regions in the Amazon…

via Brazil’s President to Send Military to Help With Massive Wildfires Tearing Through the Amazon Rainforest — KTLA

Imagine a world without the wonder: it’s coming

As much as half of wildlife and 60% of plants in the world’s richest forests could be at risk of extinction in the next century if stronger efforts aren’t taken to combat climate change, according to a new report on the risks of rising global temperatures. The landmark study was conducted by the World Wildlife…

via Half of All Wildlife Could Disappear from the Amazon, Galapagos and Madagascar Due to Climate Change — TIME

How a 20th-century hunting boom left the Amazon with “empty rivers” and 23 million dead animals — Quartz

The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century. A mass industry sprung up almost overnight and the hides of otters, jaguars or alligator-like caimans were soon being shipped round the world to be turned into coats, hats or accessories. The Amazon rainforest, and…

via How a 20th-century hunting boom left the Amazon with “empty rivers” and 23 million dead animals — Quartz