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

Tags: tropical-forests deforestation amazon-forest tropical-deforestation amazonia gold-mining

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

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions amazon rainforest global-warming rainforests amazonia

The worst time for a pandemic – how coronavirus and seasonal floods are causing hunger in the remote Amazon

Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.

Patricia Carignano Torres, Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Security and Conservation, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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The worst time for a pandemic – how COVID-19 and seasonal floods are causing hunger in the remote Amazon

Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.

Patricia Carignano Torres, Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Security and Conservation, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus brazil forests lockdown amazonia wild-food remote-regions

How indigenous people in the Amazon are coping with the coronavirus pandemic

The lockdown may be a greater worry than the disease itself.

JM Pedersen, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~5 min

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