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Forests are on fire around the world: Indonesia edition

By Mark A. Bonta / September 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Forests are on fire around the world: Indonesia edition

The Amazon isn’t the only tropical region up in flames this year. The rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia are also being put to the torch, provoking the ire of environmental activists as well as the governments of neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, whose citizens are breathing in the smoke. Locally, tens […]

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Brazil’s plans for the Amazon have united these longtime tribal enemies

By Mark A. Bonta / September 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Brazil’s plans for the Amazon have united these longtime tribal enemies

Generations of enmity are now in the past as indigenous groups in the Xingu river basin of Brazil’s southern Para state are patching things up to fight a common enemy. Tribal historians tell of bloody vendettas between the Panara and Kayapo peoples that in some cases date back almost 100 years and that saw the […]

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A strange alliance is forming against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest

By Mark A. Bonta / September 11, 2019 / Comments Off on A strange alliance is forming against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest

As the Amazon rainforest burns with historic ferocity, a strange alliance of ecological advocates and industry is forming to confront the inflammatory rhetoric of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. At a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, representatives from the industrial-agriculture sector joined with ecological-advocacy groups to protest the increased deforestation of the Amazon this year. Worried […]

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Here’s who to blame for the Amazon rainforest inferno

By Mark A. Bonta / September 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Here’s who to blame for the Amazon rainforest inferno

A confusing tangle of allegations made it difficult to figure out who was at fault for the wildfires consuming Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this summer. President Jair Bolsonaro has famously blamed environmental organizations for setting the fires, claiming that they are disgruntled after he cut off their access to foreign funds. One ruralist — the cattle […]

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Drug money is devouring the Rio Platano rainforest

By Mark A. Bonta / September 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Drug money is devouring the Rio Platano rainforest

The good news is that the president of Honduras has launched the “SOS Honduras” campaign to save the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve — one of the largest and most important tropical rainforests north of the Amazon. The bad news is that prosecutors from New York’s Southern District say that the president of Honduras is a […]

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