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

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years

New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.

Isla Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss

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

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus amazon pandemic brazil deforestation amazon-fires jair-bolsonaro tropical-forest

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.

Joice Ferreira, Researcher in Ecology, Federal University of Pará • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  climate-change  brazil  rainforests  drought  deforestation  el-nino  amazon-forest  dung-beetles  reforestation  tropical-deforestation  amazon-fires

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