This is a multimedia feature project for Vox that uses text, photos, and graphics to explain how at least three tree species from the rainforests of Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo regulate and interact with the global climate and weather patterns thousands of miles away. The reporting team focuses on a few key superpowers of these tree species, and explains how the forest ecosystems continue to be under significant threat of deforestation.
The Brazil nut tree plays a critical role in the global climate and weather across South America. Deforestation is putting it all at risk.
Indonesia’s mangroves are an incredibly effective tool against climate change — but they’re being cut down to grow shrimp and palm oil for you.
Afrormosia is a gorgeous, resilient giant of the Congo Basin that’s edging closer to extinction.
Meet the trees, get to know their superpowers, and learn how scientists are trying to protect them.