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Amazon rainforest: Rainforest in South America
The Amazon rainforest, alternatively, the Amazon Jungle, also known in English as Amazonia, is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 km2 (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 km2 (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations.


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After smallpox and malaria, Brazil's tribes fear coronavirus is next lethal import

When Europeans first arrived in the Amazon rainforest, their smallpox decimated local tribes. Then rubber tappers, gold miners and settlers brought malaria, measles and influenza.
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Bolsonaro attacks Pope Francis over pontiff's plea to protect the Amazon

bolsonaro attacks pope francis over pontiff's plea to protect the amazon
Pope urged Catholics to ‘feel outrage’ over Amazon destruction Bolsonaro: ‘What is Greenpeace? Nothing but rubbish’ Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out at Pope Francis..
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Pope decides against ordaining married priests in the Amazon

Pope Francis declined Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church..
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Amazon: Parts of rainforest 'emitting more CO2 than they absorb'

Up to a fifth of the Amazon rainforest has become a net source of CO2, research suggests.
BBC News - Published

Amazon deforestation for January hits record

amazon deforestation for january hits record
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data. More than 280 square kilometres were cleared, an increase of..
WorldNews - Published

Brazilian tribes back manifesto to save Amazon habitat from Bolsonaro

Leaders of native tribes in Brazil issued a rallying call to protect the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous people from what they called the "genocide, ethnocide and ecocide" planned by the country's..
Reuters - Published

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon up 85% in 2019

deforestation in brazil's amazon up 85% in 2019
Brasmlia: Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85 per cent in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday. The 9,166 square kilometers cleared was..
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Amazon tribes gather to plan resistance to Brazil government

Brazilian indigenous leaders on Tuesday began a four-day tribal gathering in the Amazon to plan their opposition to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's push to open their reservations for commercial..
Reuters - Published

Fires in Amazon forest rose 30% in 2019

fires in amazon forest rose 30% in 2019
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest grew 30.5% in 2019 from the previous year, according to data released by space research agency INPE on Wednesday. According to INPE,..
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France to forge partnership with Brazil states on Amazon, bypassing Bolsonaro

France and a group of Brazilian states plan to announce a partnership to preserve the Amazon rainforest, the group's leader said on Monday, bypassing Brazil's federal government after a spat between..
Reuters - Published

Fires in the Amazon: a barrier to climate change up in smoke

Fire is not natural in the Amazon. Virgin rainforest, no matter how fierce the sun, is too wet to catch alight. If the forest burns it is almost always because of humans.
Reuters - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash 'to set Amazon on fire'

The Hollywood actor dismisses Jair Bolsonaro's claim he "gave money to set the Amazon on fire".
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Brazil President Claims ‘Cool Guy’ Leonardo DiCaprio Paid Money to WWF to ‘Torch’ Amazon Rainforest

brazil president claims ‘cool guy’ leonardo dicaprio paid money to wwf to ‘torch’ amazon rainforest
Sao Paulo: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any evidence, the right-wing..
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Brazil's president accuses actor DiCaprio of financing Amazon fires, offers no evidence

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any evidence, the right-wing leader's..
Reuters - Published

Brazilian cosmetics company backs NGO after firefighters arrested

Brazilian cosmetics company Natura Cosmeticos SA said on Wednesday that it was concerned about a state police raid against a nongovernment organization (NGO) that it has partnered with on sustainably..
Reuters - Published

Brazil arrests volunteer firefighters in Amazon blazes, but critics cry foul

Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested four volunteer firefighters accused of intentionally setting fires in the Amazon rainforest, but civic leaders said the arrests amounted to government harassment of..
Reuters - Published

Amazon tribe demands Bolsonaro stop mining on reservations, hydro dams

Munduruku indigenous people led by 15 tribal chiefs blamed Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for increased illegal mining on their reservation lands in the Amazon rainforest.
Reuters - Published

Bolivia suffers lack of food and fuel; Amazon deforestation rate hits record high

Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales have been cutting off some supply routes to protest Morales' ouster after he was accused of electoral fraud. Also, deforestation rates in Brazil's..
CBS News - Published

Will Pope Francis allow priest in the Amazon to marry?

In a CBS News poll, nearly 70% of Catholic Americans say they favor letting Catholic priests marry, while 25% remain opposed. The push for married priests could become a reality in a remote part of the..
CBS News - Published

Catholic bishops in Amazon propose ordination of married deacons

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for married deacons in the Amazon to be ordained as priests. Church leaders made the highly controversial recommendation to Pope Francis, who must..
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Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound another

Illegal loggers in the Amazon ambushed an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest and shot dead a young warrior and wounded another, leaders of the Guajajara tribe in northern Brazil..
Reuters - Published

Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the Amazon

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.
Reuters - Published

Pope’s Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

pope’s amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders
Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, a historic proposal that would upend centuries of..
WorldNews - Published

Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops from the Amazon on Saturday proposed that married men in the remote area be allowed to be ordained priests, which could lead to a landmark change in the Church's..
Reuters - Published

Amazon fires: What's the latest in Brazil?

The fires in the Amazon have been dampened - but it's not the only area under threat.
BBC News - Published

Amazonian tribes in Ecuador join anti-austerity protests

Indigenous tribe representatives from the Amazon in Ecuador joined an anti-austerity demonstration in Quito on Friday, as hopes for talks between protest leaders and the government dimmed following..
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Poll shows Brazilian Catholics do not agree with Bolsonaro on Amazon

A majority of Brazilian Catholics believe global warming is a scientific fact and preservation of the Amazon rainforest is vital to reduce the effects of climate change, contrary to the view of..
Reuters - Published

Pope urges respect for indigenous Amazon peoples at start of three-week gathering

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its rules on indigenous people but respect their culture..
Reuters - Published

Rains, military response help curb fires in Brazil's Amazon in September

The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has receded, falling 36% in September from August to well below a 20-year historic average for the month, amid improved weather conditions and..
Reuters - Published

Amazon fires: The volunteer firefighters battling to save Brazil’s rainforest

A band of volunteer firefighters are on a mission to stop their stretch of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest from going up in flames.
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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro rejects ‘fallacy’ of Amazon being part of human heritage

brazil’s president jair bolsonaro rejects ‘fallacy’ of amazon being part of human heritage
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has come under attack for wildfires that are raging in the Amazon, told the United Nations on Tuesday that the rainforest is his country’s sovereign..
WorldNews - Published

Amazon rainforest belongs to Brazil, says Jair Bolsonaro

President Jair Bolsonaro insists that the Amazon rainforest is his country's sovereign territory.
BBC News - Published

Brazil arrests 63, levies $8.7 million in fines over fires

brazil arrests 63, levies $8.7 million in fines over fires
Brazil's defense minister says 63 people have been arrested and issues fines amounting to $8.7 million after the military was sent to fight raging fires in the Amazon rainforest. The announcement came..
WorldNews - Published

Brazilian climate strikers take aim at Bolsonaro for Amazon fires

Thousands of Brazilians demanded action on climate change on Friday, taking aim in nationwide protests at President Jair Bolsonaro who they say is allowing fires to destroy the Amazon rainforest,..
Reuters - Published

I've seen the Amazon rainforest fires. They're a warning from the Ghost of Climate Future.

When the Amazon suffers, human suffering isn't far behind. With deforestation, we are compromising our climate and moisture cycles in alarming ways. - Published

As Bolivian forests burn, Evo's bet on Big Farming comes under fire

In the tropical Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a wealthy farming hub on the edge on the Amazon rainforest, President Evo Morales gathered with ranchers late last month to celebrate a maiden..
Reuters - Published

Amazon Countries Sign Forest Pact, Promising to Coordinate Disaster Response

amazon countries sign forest pact, promising to coordinate disaster response
Seven Amazonian countries on Friday signed a pact to protect the world's largest tropical forest via disaster response coordination and satellite monitoring, amid recent fires that torched thousands of..
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Brazil's President Is Too Afraid to Stop the Amazon Fires. But the World Can't Wait | Opinion

brazil's president is too afraid to stop the amazon fires. but the world can't wait | opinion
For weeks, the world has watched with horror as the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, has burned. Besides being home to indigenous Brazilian people, the Amazon rainforest plays a huge..
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H&M stops buying leather from Brazil over Amazon fires

h&m stops buying leather from brazil over amazon fires
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Low-cost fashion retailer H&M said Friday it is suspending leather purchases from Brazil to make sure it is not supporting cattle farming that may be contributing to the..
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Disapproval of Bolsonaro presidency jumps after Amazon crisis: poll

Brazilians saying that President Jair Bolsonaro is doing a "bad or terrible" job rose to 38% from 33% previously, in the first major poll since the government faced global outcry over its handling of..
Reuters - Published

Chief Raoni Metuktire: 'We need the support of everybody' to save the Amazon

Amid global concern over the fires in the Amazon rainforest, FRANCE 24 spoke to Chief Raoni Metuktire, indigenous leader of the Kayapo people. "We need the support of everybody" to save the Amazon, he..
France 24 - Published

As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection

As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction and protect their environment for future..
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