Covid trash isn't always dangerous. Not everyone got the memo

Overblown fears that the coronavirus could be transmitted through surfaces have created a stigma around handling nonhazardous trash, experts say. Some recyclable waste has been junked or burned.
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Brazil's banks to incorporate climate change risks into stress tests

Brazil's central bank has announced new rules making it mandatory for banks to incorporate climate change-related risks into stress tests, starting in July 2022.


Bolsonaro cracks down on illegal mining in Amazon amid global pressure – for now

Brazil government is determined to show the world a new, greener face after three years in which deforestation rates and global outrage exploded.


Murders of environment and land defenders hit record high

Figures from Global Witness for 2020 show violent resource grab continued unabated despite pandemic.


An economic lifeline in South America, the Paraná River, is shriveling

The continent’s second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.

Jaguar stronghold in Brazil’s Iguaçu Park threatened by road reopening plan

A bill introduced in Brazil's Congress calls for reopening a closed road that cuts through Iguaçu National Park. The proposal poses a serious threat to jaguars, whose numbers have been growing steadily there; the area is home to one-third of the big cat's remaining population in the Atlantic Forest.

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Armed Indigenous militias are fighting to save the Brazilian Amazon

Someone has been killing the Guajajara Guardians of the Forest and other Indigenous defenders of the Amazon who protect against illegal land grabbers, loggers, and miners.


Research shows illegal mining in Brazil on the rise

A scientific report released by the organization MapBiomas showed that 65% of mining activities carried out in the Brazilian Amazon basin were illegal.


How fires in the Amazon got so out of control

A populist and ally of former President Donald Trump, Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro has dismantled a number of environmental protections since taking office in 2019.


Your daily coffee habit is about to get more expensive

Climate shocks in Brazil and shipping bottlenecks have pushed the price of coffee beans sharply higher. Starbucks says it won’t be affected for more than a year, but small cafes can’t hold off that long.

David Miranda: Bolsonaro’s 1,000km Amazon railway will cause climate chaos. It must be stopped

Today, almost 15% of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested. When this number reaches 20%, the entire Amazonian system will collapse, with a direct impact on the entire planet. There will be no return.


Can a new way to measure tropical rainforest vulnerability help save them?

A team of top scientists, brought together by the National Geographic Society, built an index to detect which forests need urgent help.

Land grabbers: The growing assault on Brazil's Indigenous areas

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, illegal miners, loggers and ranchers are invading and occupying ever-larger amounts of Indigenous territory. Brazil’s original inhabitants are increasingly opposing these incursions, leading to conflicts and a surge in killings of local activists.

Parts of the Amazon rainforest are emitting carbon dioxide

A new study analyzing hundreds of aerial readings of emissions above the forest canopy found that forest regions in the southeast were most affected.
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How will Brazil's energy privatization law affect climate change?

With Eletrobras' sale, Brazil will raise billions in cash - but the deal raises concerns for workers, indigenous communities and the climate.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

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Ocean plastic pollution

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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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