South America

Brazil VP Defends Rain Forest Policy, Says It Won't Change If Biden Wins

"Vice-President Hamilton Mourao on Tuesday defended Brazil’s environmental policies, saying the country was working to protect the Amazon rain forest and adding nothing will change if Democrat Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election."

Source: Reuters, 11/04/2020

"2020 Fires Endangering Uncontacted Amazon Indigenous Groups"

"Amazon fires this year are seriously threatening Indigenous territories in which isolated uncontacted Indigenous groups make their homes. Brazil has an estimated 100+ isolated Indigenous groups living within its borders, more than any other Amazonian nation."

Source: Mongabay, 10/30/2020

Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten A Natural Wonder

"Just south of the Galapagos’ Marchena Island, there’s a dive spot known by locals as the “fish arena.” There, within the choppy, cool waters of the Pacific, thousands of colorful fish swim in schools, lobsters poke their long antennae out of rocky outcrops, dolphins bear their young and moray eels gape menacingly at visitors who swim too close."

Source: LA Times, 10/19/2020

"Mining Covers More Than 20% Of Indigenous Territory In The Amazon"

"Mining, both legal and illegal, impinges on more than one-fifth of Indigenous territory in the Amazon, according to a new study from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG)."

Source: Mongabay, 10/13/2020

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