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Scientists rediscover small Brazil tree, 185 years on

A species of small holly tree that was last seen nearly two centuries ago and was feared extinct has been rediscovered pluckily clinging to life in an urban area in northeastern Brazil, scientists said Tuesday.

Brazilian researchers find ‘terrifying’ plastic rocks on remote island

The geology of Brazil’s volcanic Trindade Island has fascinated scientists for years, but the discovery of rocks made from plastic debris in this remote turtle refuge is sparking alarm.

Floods, landslides kill dozens in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state

Governor of Sao Paulo declares emergency in five coastal towns as torrential rain unleashes deadly flooding and landslides.

Human Activity Has Degraded Amazon Rainforest Much More Than Previously Thought: Study

With Lula in power “there is hope now, but our paper shows it is not enough to resolve deforestation,” said one co-author. “There is much more work to be done.”

Large parts of Amazon may never recover, major study says

Environmental destruction in parts of the Amazon is so complete that swathes of the rainforest have reached tipping point and might never be able to recover.

Industrial soy drives deforestation spike in southeastern Brazil, satellite images show

Deforestation is rising in the southeastern state of Mato Grosso, due in large part to industrial soy production

‘Extinct’ parrots make a flying comeback in Brazil

The Spix macaw, a bird that had once vanished in the wild, is now thriving in its South American homeland after a successful breeding programme

British Journalist and Indigenous Protector are Missing in Brazillian Amazon after Reported Threats

A search is underway for a British journalist and a senior staffer of Brazil’s Indigenous protection agency, FUNAI, who went missing during a boat trip on Sunday morning in a remote region of the Amazon rainforest.

Transgenic glowing fish invades Brazilian streams

Aquarium curiosity appears to be thriving after escape from fish farms and may threaten local biodiversity.

Fears of oil spills as ExxonMobil seeks to drill at the mouth of a Brazil river

U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil is seeking to drill 11 wells in a marine area near the estuary of the São Francisco River in eastern Brazil.

‘It’s as if we’re in Mad Max’: warnings for Amazon as goldmining dredges occupy river

Hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges converge in search of metal as one activist describes it as a ‘free-for-all’

$200 million in gold extracted in Amazon mine through illegal licenses

Gana Gold generated R$ 1.1 billion (US$ 200 million) in revenue using illegally-obtained environmental licenses in Brazil, equivalent to 3 tons of gold extracted.