The pandemic has wreaked havoc on forests, but it can also be the fulcrum which leads to an end to this scourge on our planet.
Commercial agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation globally, particularly large-scale farming, with forested areas cleared for livestock grazing and crop cultivation.
The deforestation of the world's largest rainforest could leave the Brazilian government open to lawsuits.
President Jair Bolsonaro hits out at "unjustified" attacks over deforestation in the world's biggest rainforest during G20 summit, claiming critics were from "less competitive" countries.
The first six months of 2020 were the worst on record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with an area bigger than the nation of Luxembourg cleared.
Para is Brazil's second-largest rainforest state and sits along the so-called arc of deforestation that encircles the Amazon and is rapidly penetrating deeper into the forest.
Data shows it's the worst level of deforestation since 2008, heaping further pressure on the environmental policy of Bolsonaro who favors developing the Amazon region economically.
Eike Luedeling, a professor at the University of Bonn's Institute of Crop Sciences and Resource Conservation, says that reforestation should not be seen as a substitute for curbing emissions from using fossil fuels.
Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon.
Norway and Germany, among others, have discontinued financial aid for the Amazon Fund, leading some Brazilian federal governors to appeal directly to Europe to change their minds.
Life on the seafloor surrounding South Korea is gradually being destroyed through desertification, a process linked to climate change and pollution.
Almost 99 percent of the critically endangered species has been wiped out due to deforestation and climate change.
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