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Ecuadorians on Oil Drilling Near Uncontacted Tribes: Nope

As presidential election heads to a runoff

(Newser) - In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday against the oil drilling of a protected area in the Amazon that's home to two uncontacted tribes and serves as a biodiversity hotspot. With over 90% of the ballots counted by early Monday, around six in 10 Ecuadorians rejected the oil...

Colombia Credits Military Tech, Indigenous Potions With Rescue

President bestows 86 medals on Amazon searchers who found children

(Newser) - Colombia's president handed out 86 medals Monday to soldiers, Indigenous volunteers, and government officials who helped in the rescue of four children who spent 40 days on their own in the jungle after a plane crash. President Gustvao Petro described the search that captivated world attention as an example...

Dog Led Rescuers to Missing Kids. Now They Search for Him

If Wilson is still alive in Amazon, Colombian soldiers hope to lure him with female dogs, food

(Newser) - With his powerful snout and his pointy ears, Wilson became a national hero in Colombia when he helped the military find four Indigenous children who survived a plane crash and were lost in the Amazon jungle for 40 days. Paw prints from the military-trained search dog led trackers to the...

40 Days After Crash, a Stunning Find: 'The Jungle Saved Them'

4 Indigenous children, one a baby, survived in the Amazon on their own after plane went down

(Newser) - Four Indigenous children survived an Amazon plane crash that killed three adults and then wandered on their own in the jungle for 40 days before being found alive by Colombian soldiers. The announcement of their rescue on Friday brought a happy ending to a saga that had captivated many Colombians,...

Brazil Warned About Gangs Rising in Amazon

Former police official says organized crime could control the region

(Newser) - The Brazilian Amazon is in danger of becoming a lawless region plagued by fighting among armed groups and controlled by organized crime, a former senior federal police chief has warned his country. Alexandre Saraiva, who served in the Amazon for a decade, said drug-trafficking groups are on the advance, seizing...

Man Rescued After 31 Days Lost in Amazon

He says he drank his own urine, ate bugs to survive

(Newser) - A Bolivian man on a hunting trip in the Amazon rainforest got separated from his group on Jan. 25, and his family reported him missing. Jhonatan Acosta, 30, was found safe on Feb. 25, and he says he survived by eating worms and insects and drinking his own urine, the...

Brazil Cops: We've Got Our Guy in Murders of Activist, Journo

Rubens Villar Coelho is in custody, but local activists suspect others in Amazon killings

(Newser) - Three men were already in custody for murdering Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and UK journalist Dom Phillips last June in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Now, per the New York Times , cops say they have the mastermind behind the killings: fishing trafficker Ruben Dario da Silva Villar, or Rubens Villar Coelho,...

The Amazon Researcher 'Refused to Believe Her Data'

It showed the rainforest was actually emitting carbon, not capturing it

(Newser) - If you're wondering what scientists are thinking about the state of the Amazon these days, look no further than Alex Cuadros' lengthy piece for the New York Times . Reporting from the Amazon, Cuadros meets with some of the leading scientists on the ground—or in the air—there to...

Report Details 'Enormous, Virtually Irreversible' Loss in Amazon

Region has lost 10% of its native vegetation since 1985, an area the size of Texas, per Raisg

(Newser) - The Amazon region has lost 10% of its native vegetation, mostly tropical rainforest, in almost four decades, an area roughly the size of Texas, a new report says. From 1985 to 2021, the deforested area surged from 190,000 square miles to 482,000 square miles, unprecedented destruction in the...

Now, Brazil Will Lead on Climate Fight: Former Official

Past environmental minister tells conference new administration will protect rainforest

(Newser) - Marina Silva, a former environmental minister and potential candidate for the job again, on Saturday brought a message to the UN climate summit: Brazil is back when it comes to protecting the Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world and crucial to limiting global warming. The election of leftist President-elect...

There May Be Another Big Winner in Brazil

Environmentalists see da Silva's victory as huge for the Amazon rainforest

(Newser) - Supporters of Luis Inacio Lula da Silva are still celebrating his win over Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Supporters of the Amazon rainforest are doing the same. New Scientist points out that environmentalist Erika Berengeur of the University of Oxford was in tears as she spoke about the ouster of Bolsonaro...

This Illegal Road Is a Threat to the Amazon

If completed, it will turn a large area of remaining forest into an island

(Newser) - An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will...

Brazil Identifies Remains as Those of British Journalist

Suspect admitted shooting two men who disappeared, police say

(Newser) - Update: Brazilian authorities confirmed Friday that remains found in the Amazon were those of British journalist Dom Phillips. A search for Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, a Brazilian indigenous expert, had been conducted for more than a week. A suspect who admitted shooting the men led investigators to the...

Brazil Apologizes for Misinforming Missing Man's Family

Bodies were not found, ambassador says

(Newser) - Update: Brazilian authorities on Tuesday said the family of a British journalist who went missing in the Amazon had been incorrectly informed that two bodies, likely the journalist and the Indigenous expert who vanished along with him, had been found. "We are deeply sorry the Embassy passed on to...

In Brazil, a Troubling Clue Emerges Over Missing Duo

Blood is found on boat of fisherman who was one of the last to see journalist, guide alive

(Newser) - Blood has been found in the search for a British journalist and his indigenous guide who vanished Sunday in Brazil's remote Amazon rainforest. The blood, to be tested to determine whether it is human or animal, was found on the boat of fisherman Amarildo da Costa, known locally as...

British Journalist, Indigenous Expert Vanish in Amazon

Many are very concerned for their well-being

(Newser) - A British journalist and one of Brazil's former Indigenous Affairs officials have gone missing in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest, leading to serious fears for their safety. Brazil-based journalist Dom Phillips, who is working on a book about the environment, was traveling with Bruno Araújo Pereira,...

Leonardo DiCaprio 'Better Keep His Mouth Shut,' Says Bolsonaro

Brazil president is not happy with actor's attempts to get out the vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio is in a feud, not with another celebrity, but with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro. Following a series of recent tweets in which DiCaprio urged Brazilians to get out and vote in this October's elections to ensure the Amazon rainforest is protected, Bolsonaro on Tuesday hit back at...

Report on 'Virgin' Forests Offers Bleak News

Deforestation is continuing at a rapid pace

(Newser) - Global deforestation continued at an alarming pace in 2021, according to an annual report released by the World Resources Institute. A total of 43,000 square miles of forest were lost, of which about a third occurred in primary or “virgin” tropical forests. Per CNN, that means primary forests...

Bolsonaro Answers DiCaprio Sarcastically

Actor and Amazon activist had appealed to the country's young people to vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio took his environmental worries directly to the young voters of Brazil this week, drawing a sarcastic response from the nation's president. "Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change," the actor tweeted Thursday, the BBC reports. "What happens there...

New Report on the Amazon Rainforest Holds Worrying Number
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This Photo Shows What's Happening in the Amazon

Deforestation in Q1 hits record

(Newser) - The deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been tracked since 2015 by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). An INPE report out Friday says the numbers recorded in the first quarter of this year were the worst yet. CNN reports 363 square miles, an area just about the...

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