Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned.
June 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: tropical-forests deforestation amazon-forest tropical-deforestation amazonia gold-mining
Dung beetles help rainforests regrow – but extreme drought and wildfires in the Amazon are killing them off
A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.
March 9, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: climate-change brazil rainforests drought deforestation el-nino amazon-forest dung-beetles reforestation tropical-deforestation amazon-fires
Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.
Feb. 27, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: brazil environmental-policy infrastructure amazon-forest tropical-deforestation indigenous-peoples illegal-mining jair-bolsonaro
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