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EU seeks Amazon protections pledge from Bolsonaro in push to ratify trade deal

Brussels is in talks with Brazil's far-right nationalist president, Jair Bolsonaro, over commitments on the future of the Amazon as it seeks to persuade Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders and parliaments to ratify the trade deal the bloc has negotiated with South America.

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Brazilian spies intimidated government's own delegates at climate talks

Bolsonaro sent four secret agents to the Cop25 climate summit in Madrid, where campaigners said Brazilian negotiators were afraid to talk to them
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Biodiversity

From abundant to critically endangered: Shark species nearly vanishes in just 40 years

Smalltail sharks have declined 90% in Brazil, and new research finds that overfishing has pushed the species perilously close to extinction.
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Justice

Fires in the world's largest wetlands decimate wildlife and livelihoods

The Pantanal wetlands are on fire. Since early this year, nearly a fifth of the Brazilian ecosystem, over 14,000 square miles, has burned in wildfires.
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Before-and-after satellite photos show humanity's environmental impact

From deforestation in Brazil to the disappearing Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to the sprawl of Tesla’s Gigafactory in the Nevada desert.
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Toxics

Goldmining having big impact on indigenous Amazon communities

A new report has exposed the scale and impact of mining on indigenous reserves in Amazon countries as gold prices soared during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Justice

Coronavirus Brazil: As indigenous elders die, endangered languages face extinction

Tribal leaders and linguists from Brazil to India to Australia race to record dying languages.
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Amazonía 4.0: Cómo reinventar la selva tropical

Tomó decenas de millones de años formar las selvas tropicales. Nos tomará solo décadas destruirlas si no cambiamos de rumbo.
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Justice

Bruno Carvalho, Carlos Nobre: Amazon 4.0 will be how to reinvent the rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.
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Toxics

Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade

Fires in Brazil's Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade, data from space research agency Inpe has shown.

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Justice

Brazil’s landless workers persist through agroecology

The rural movement, up against great odds, has become a global model for greater land access and agrarian reform.
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Climate

Brazil's Bolsonaro slams Biden for 'coward threats' over Amazon

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reacted angrily on Wednesday to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's call for a world effort to offer Brazil $20 billion to end Amazon deforestation or face unspecified "economic consequences."
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Toxics

Penguin died on Brazilian beach after swallowing N95 face mask: Biologists

Brazilian biologists are trying to raise awareness about the consequences of the pollution caused by coronavirus-related medical waste after a penguin died from consuming a face mask which was discarded inappropriately on a beach.

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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