It isn't just Bolsonaro and the fires. Hydroelectric dams in the Amazon are submerging millions of trees, transforming huge carbon sinks into sources of planet-warming gases.
Inside the battle for the forest's future — and ours — as Brazilian ranchers and farmers vow to protect their way of life at any cost.
If nothing is done, the Amazon rainforest might completely disappear before the end of the century.
Burning and deforestation have damaged parts of the Amazon in the Brazilian state of Acre.
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.
Pablo Albarenga and Francesc Badia I Dalmases’s project “Seeds of Resistance” highlights the plight of indigenous land defenders in Brazil. Albarenga’s ambitious project presents photo composites of land defenders as a way to bring attention to their work.
In the Amazon rainforest, record-breaking forest fires and ongoing deforestation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species that call the ecosystem home. Scientists seeking to save them are carefully evaluating which areas of the vibrant Amazon biome to preserve—knowing many are already lost.
The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and a critical line of defense against climate change. But it’s been steadily deforested since the 1970s, with nearly 20 percent of its land area wiped out.
Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee Pablo Albarenga's photography from Brazil was featured in The Washington Post's In Sight photography blog.
In the Amazon rainforest, historic levels of deforestation and fire have prompted global outcry. But what’s driving the devastation?
The Amazon is in need of action and defending.
“The people in the big cities of Sao Paulo and Rio, they want us to live on picking Brazil nuts,” a farmer says. “That doesn’t put anyone’s kid in college.”