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How a Culture of Impunity is Fanning the Flames in Amazonia — University of Washington Press Blog

As a cultural anthropologist who has worked in Amazonia for the past twenty years, I am saddened—but not at all shocked—by the swathe of fires currently burning across northern Brazil. The smoke from these fires has famously blackened the daytime … Continue reading

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“Holy Water” — DEL ROSSO CARTOONS

“Holy Water”: A Cartoon About the Burning Amazon Forest via “Holy Water” — DEL ROSSO CARTOONS

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The ‘Lungs of the World’ at the mercy of ‘ruralists’ – In Other Words — The Password

Most of the Amazonian Rainforest belongs to Brazil, who has since January 1st been governed by Jair Bolsonaro. For those of you who are not familiar with South American politics, suffice to say that he has been affectionately nicknamed the … Continue reading

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Fordlandia — Rough Diplomacy

In the late 1920s, the Ford Motor Company bought up millions of acres of land in Brazil. They loaded boats with machinery and supplies, and shipped them deep into the Amazon rainforest. Workers cut down trees and cleared the land … Continue reading

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1.4 million Brazilians sign zero deforestation bill

Campaigners deliver 1.4 million signatures supporting the zero deforestation bill to the Brazilian congress Photo © Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado. For the past three years, Greenpeace Brazil has been collecting signatures in support of a bill to establish a zero deforestation … Continue reading

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Welcome to the jungle

We arrived in Manaus at 8 o’clock in the evening greeted by 30C/92F heat, which felt like 300 with the humidity. I pointed this out to the taxi driver, who proceeded to tell us how cool of a day it … Continue reading

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Brazil has tallest environmental research tower in Latin America

Brazil and Germany have opened the tallest environmental observation tower in Latin America, a 325-meter (1,065-foot) structure that will allow scientists to study the effects of climate change on the Amazon jungle, officials said. The Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory, or … Continue reading

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