While traditional and Indigenous populations use controlled fire in subsistence agriculture, a novel analysis shows that the recent increase in fire hotspots in the Amazon is related to expanding illegal deforestation.
National Geographic Brazil
Rubber-tappers, Brazil nut collectors, and Indigenous peoples are resisting environmental destruction on the banks of the Roosevelt River, in one of the last tracts of continuously preserved forest in the region.
A reporting team traveled along more than 1,700 kilometers of roads and waterways to see the places where Marechal Rondon and former American President Theodore Roosevelt explored.
Marcio Pimenta captures aerial photos of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil as fires burn through the area. Locals are still struggling to put out the fires in the world's biodiverse ecosystem.
To avoid greenhouse gas emissions and preserve oxygenation of rivers, vegetation must be completely removed from dam areas before being flooded. But these guidelines are not always followed and many fish have already died.
In Peru, 15,000 Indigenous Wampis have declared autonomy from the central government in order to protect their Amazon territory from invaders looking for gold, oil, and hardwoods.