Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Images from space show there were nearly 7,000 in July - a rise of 28% on the same period last year.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 2, 2020 ~1 min

Amazon soya and beef exports 'linked to deforestation'

UK consumers may unwittingly be buying meat linked to the destruction of the Amazon, experts say.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
July 17, 2020 ~3 min

Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

This early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 2, 2020 ~3 min

Gold mining leaves deforested Amazon land barren for years, find scientists

Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned. 

David Galbraith, Associate Professor in Earth System Dynamics, University of Leeds • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life

Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 27, 2020 ~3 min

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is devastating indigenous lands, with the world distracted

A repeat of 2019's disastrous fire season is possible in 2020, and it would have dire consequences.

Mauricio Torres, Professor in Human Geography, Federal University of Pará • conversation
May 30, 2020 ~6 min

Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru

Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.

Jasmine Parham, Ph.D. Student in Biology, Duke University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~10 min

Crucible: the science behind why watching others playing video games has become so popular

Surely, it can't be fun to watch others play games you can play yourself? The hundreds of hour people spend on live-streaming platform Twitch would suggest otherwise.

Craig Weightman, Lecturer in Games and Visual Effects, Staffordshire University • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~5 min

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold'

Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.

Martin Sullivan, Lecturer in Statistical Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Amazon under threat: fires, loggers and now virus

How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.

By Camilla Costa • bbcnews
May 21, 2020 ~36 min