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Devouring the rainforest

By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News

Cattle ranching, responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, is pushing the forest to the edge of what scientists warn could be a vast and irreversible dieback that claims much of the biome. Despite agreement that change is necessary to avert disaster, despite attempts at reform, despite the resources of Brazil’s federal government and powerful beef companies, the destruction continues.


Forests are reeling from climate change—but the future isn’t lost

By Craig Welch Photo: Jeff Frost

The first thing you notice in this fire-scarred forest is the color. Not long ago this square of land south of Yellowstone National Park was a monochrome of ash and burned pines. But last summer, shin-high seedlings and aspen shoots painted the ground an electric green. Purple fireweed and blood-red buffalo berries sprouted around blackened logs. Yellow arnicas danced in the breeze. Five years after 2016’s Berry fire chewed through 33 square miles of Wyoming, this slice of scorched earth was responding to fire as Rocky Mountain forests have for millennia: It had entered a season of rebirth.


The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds

By Nina Lakhani Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research…


Death in the forest

By Terrence McCoy Photo: Raphael Alves

First the road was cragged and cracked. Then it was a thick slop of mud. Then a swirl of red dust. But now, after we had traveled hundreds of miles through the densest of jungle, the highway was finally good — paved and smooth — and it was here that the driver stopped the truck.


Smarter choices at the dinner table can go a long way to help the Amazon

By Richard Schiffman Photo: Andre Penner/AP

‘We are going to be eating the rainforest in our burgers. This is our moment as Americans to step forward and leverage some pressure to save the world,’ one scientist said.


Amazon is less able to recover from droughts and logging, study finds

By Henry Fountain Photo: Victor Moriyama for The New York Times

The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.


Satellite images show the Amazon is hurtling toward a ‘tipping point’

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg New

More than half of the rainforest could turn into savanna — threatening wildlife, shifting weather patterns and fueling climate change


A staggering amount of Amazon Rainforest disappeared last month

By Angely Mercado Photo: MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP (Getty Images)

The number of trees cut down in the Brazilian section of the Amazon rainforest in January was five times greater than the same period last year, according to satellite imagery data from Brazil’s space research agency, INPE.


Amazon deforestation: Record high destruction of trees in January

By Georgina Rannard Photo: Reuters

The number of trees cut down in the Brazilian Amazon in January far exceeded deforestation for the same month last year, according to government satellite data.


This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500?

By Juliet Eilperin Photo: Salwan Georges

The Sitka spruce soaring more than 180 feet skyward has stood on this spot on Prince of Wales Island for centuries. While fierce winds have contorted the towering trunks of its neighbors, the spruce’s trunk is ramrod straight. Standing apart from the rest of the canopy, it ascends to the height of a 17-story building.