Some indigenous communities are pushing back against the Bolsonaro government by carrying out occupations, known as “retomadas,” of traditional lands that they say the government has been too slow to recognize as rightfully theirs.
Researchers are looking at whether global warming will lessen rainfall and dry out the Amazon rainforest. To do so, they climb up in an enormous tower and examine clouds.
The Bolsonaro administration made dramatic changes to a program that brought doctors to Brazil's Indigenous communities, depriving them of much-needed medical care.
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 a region historically occupied by the Sateré-Mawé people, the Indians are demanding that the National Indigenous Agency (Funai) correct the boundaries of the Indigenous Andirá-Marau land. A Mongabay reporting team, supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center, accompanied their trip to regions which will become future villages.
Brazil is receiving refugees from Venezuela fleeing political and economic chaos. But how long will the country remain open?
This young Brazilian activist fights for a better future in her village in the Brazilian Amazon. Her story is the fourth in the series 'Rainforest Defenders' which presents five activists fighting against environmental destruction and Bolsonaro's government.
As part of our series 'Rainforest Defenders,' we present the stories of five activists fighting to save the Amazon in Brazil. "Tupí," our last chapter, is an indigenous activist fighting to protect human rights in her region.
A young woman from the Amazon found strength to overcome a past of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by turning to her roots and heritage. Her story is the fifth and final in the series "Rainforest Defenders," which highlights young leaders who are fighting to protect the forest.
On the front lines of Bolsonaro's war on the Amazon, Brazil's forest communities fight against climate catastrophe.
Ceramics, polished stone tools, cave drawings, and funerary urns tell the story of human occupation and the ancestry of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Tapajós.
A young Brazilian activist is responsible for an association of six afro-Brazilian communities that face the threat of environmental destruction. Her story is the third in the "Rainforest Defenders" series, presenting five young leaders fighting to preserve the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.