Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself.
Preparations for a proposed international scheme to pay local users to cut greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation are directing more attention to forest tenure problems — but they do not solve them, researchers have found.
The total deforestation of the Amazon may reduce rain and snowfall in the western US, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires.
The role of adaptation in climate diplomacy efforts has gained some political attention.
Amazonia Security Agenda: Summary of Findings and Initial Recommendations. Global Canopy Programme and International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
A federal judge in Brazil has suspended construction work on a massive dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
GUATEMALA CITY, 21 May 2012 - "People haven’t been coming in for the past month or so because they are afraid again, like during war-time," complained Juan Gaspar, a shopkeeper in the northwestern Guatemalan town of Santa Cruz Barillas, where a fierce battle is raging between locals opposed to a
Marseille, France, 13 March 2012 – Cross-border water management not only benefits water security but it also promotes dialogue, peace and cooperation – even in geopolitically unstable regions, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
SANTA ANA DEL YACUMA, Bolivia, Jan 5, 2012 - Small-scale dairy farmers in this remote area of Bolivia's northeastern Amazon region of Beni have a new hope for protecting their livestock from the fierce annual floods that start in December.
Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas. San Francisco: Pacific Institute.
World’s top 10 rivers at risk. WWF International. Gland, Switzerland.