How Much Longer Can Venezuela's Neighboring Countries Handle the Refugee Crisis?
The number of Venezuelan refugees will reach 5.4 million by the end of 2019, according to projections from the United Nations.
Indigenous Communities Are Better at Preserving Biodiversity, Research Shows
A new study adds to research showing concrete links between Indigenous rights to land and sustainable conservation.
The Political Polarization That Elected Jair Bolsonaro Still Hangs Over Brazil's Democracy
The left-right divide—a healthy feature of a pluralist political system—is so toxic now that divergence of opinion has surpassed the realm of policymaking.
The Killing of an Indigenous Leader in Brazil Is Part of a Global Trend of Attacks on Environmentalists
In 2018, more than 160 land and environmental defenders were killed—many of them Indigenous.
Tree-Planting Efforts Could Curb Humanity's Carbon Emissions
The need to restore forest, both to protect biodiversity and to stabilize the climate, is urgent, experts say.
Can Economic Pressure Curb Jair Bolsonaro's Anti-Indigenous Agenda?
An impending trade deal with the E.U. has instigated further pushback from non-governmental organizations and local activists against any deal with the Brazilian government.
In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro's Government Is Gutting Environmental Agencies From the Inside
Fines for illegal deforestation were down 34 percent from January 1st to May 15th this year compared to the same period last year—the largest drop ever recorded.
How Climate Change Is Threatening the Biodiversity of the Brazilian Savanna
The Cerrado, a tropical savanna in Brazil that covers an area larger than Mexico, has already lost half of its native vegetation.
How China's Growing Soy Demand Is Fueling Brazilian Deforestation
Globally, 80 percent of forest loss stems from turning over forest for agriculture to grow food for livestock and human consumption.
'We Are Resisting to Exist': Indigenous Women in Brazil Are Fighting for Their Rights and Their Lives
The far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro has instituted new policies that put indigenous land rights and health services under threat.
In Spite of Environmental Concerns, Europe Continues to Buy Brazilian Beef
A new report reveals the major European supermarkets that are potentially fueling illegal deforestation when they support the Brazilian cattle industry.
A New Report Urges the E.U. to Take Economic Action to Curb Amazon Deforestation
Environmental groups argue that Europe should use trade leverage to prevent the Brazilian government from furthering the destruction of the rainforest.
Brazilian Companies Illegally Degrading the Amazon Continue to Operate With Impunity
Although producers of soy, cattle, and timber were charged with environmental crimes, their products continue to flow into international markets.
Brazil's Bolsonaro Government Wants to Circumvent the Constitution to Allow Mining on Indigenous Lands
The Brazilian minister of mines and energy stated that Brazil would open its indigenous territories to mining interests without the consent of the affected population.
Vatican Discussion About Amazon Conservation Raises Anger of Brazil's Right-Wing Government
President Jair Bolsonaro appears to consider the topics to be discussed in the upcoming Synod, including climate change and indigenous peoples, to be part of a leftist agenda.
Why the Brazilian Far Right Loves the European Middle Ages
In Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil, the new government and far-right groups are propagandizing a fictional version of the European Middle Ages to legitimize their reactionary agenda.
How Chinese Interests—and Money—Have Revived Brazil's Ambitious Amazon Rail Network
Brazilian commodities producers have long dreamed of a railroad network crisscrossing Amazonia and the Cerrado, able to cheaply move crops and minerals from the nation's interior to South America's coasts. But factors, including lack of investment, political instability, and difficult terrain, have foiled those hopes—until now.
The Latest U.N. Gap Report Shows Which Countries Are Falling Farthest Behind on Climate
Major countries are still whiffing on their Paris Agreement pledges.
How a New Provision in Brazil's Forest Act Could Cost It a Massive Chunk of Protected Rainforest
Researchers warn that an area of Brazilian Amazon rainforest bigger than Ireland is at risk of losing its legal protection.
Letter From Boa Vista, Brazil: Exodus From Venezuela
In the Brazilian state of Roraima, newcomers arrive every day by car, bus, and bicycle.
Did Coordinated Misinformation Campaigns on Social Media Affect the Brazilian Presidential Elections?
Just before the vote, a video with homophobic overtones appeared across multiple social media networks and may have helped steer the election toward far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.