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
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.
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
New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.
June 18, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss
A repeat of 2019's disastrous fire season is possible in 2020, and it would have dire consequences.
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.
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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