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Climate Change and the Amazon: An Overview

The Amazon Rainforest plays a huge role in moderating the world’s climate. All plants take in carbon dioxide, CO2, from the atmosphere and store it as food. This means that a place so rich in plant life as the Amazon is a major carbon sink. Carbon dioxide is a...

Conquering Deforestation

The portion of the Amazon located in Brazil has shown a 70% decrease in deforestation over the past decade. Brazil went from clearing an average of 19,500 km2 in 2005 to 5,800 km2 in 2013. If the rate of deforestation in 2005 had gone unchanged, 3.2 billion tonnes of...

gold mining, mercury, deforestation, human impact

Huepetuhe, Peru was a gold mining boomtown until the government took action against illicit mining. Events such as terminating gasoline shipments and sending troops to destroy mining machinery have caused more than 22,000 people to leave the town, leaving only 3,000....