They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video technology to fight illegal loggers and other threats. Daily life in the remote Tembe indigenous villages in the Amazon jungle of Brazil mixes tradition and modernity. They bathe in muddy brown rivers in the mornings, and play soccer in sandy fields wearing jerseys from European teams like Chelsea in the afternoons. Seven-year-old Emilia Tembe pulls back on her hand-crafted toy bow and arrow made of sticks and leaves as she stands on a fallen tree, in the Ka 'a kyr village, Para state, Brazil. 'This part used to be a native forest. This was primary jungle. But the fire arrived and it cleared the land,' said Emidio Tembe, Emilia's grandfather and the Ka' a kyr chieftain who named the village Indigenous Tembe warrior Ronilson Tembe poses … [Read more...] about Remote Amazon tribe that still hunts with bows and arrows embraces smartphones to help fight fires and deforestation
The head of Brazil's space research agency Ricardo Galvao is set to leave his job following a public dispute with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation statistics, a spokesperson for the science ministry said on Friday. Preliminary data produced by the agency, known as INPE, showed an 88 per cent jump in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in June compared to the same month a year ago. Data for July 1 to July 25, the latest available, recorded 1,864 square kilometers of deforestation, more than triple the amount in the month of July last year. Bolsonaro responded angrily to the numbers, describing them last month as a lie, and personally attacking Galvao, who he said might be "in service to some NGO." On Thursday, he said Galvao would be fired if he was found to have breached his confidence. Galvao did not take the criticism lying down. In an interview on July 20 with national broadcaster Globo, he dismissed Bolsonaro's criticism as "bar talk" and "a joke of a … [Read more...] about Brazil space research chief to leave job after Bolsonaro rejects data showing huge jump in Amazon deforestation
Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased 278 percent year-over-year in July, according to official data released Tuesday by a government institute embroiled in a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over the scale of the problem. The National Institute for Space Research, known by its initials INPE, said that deforestation had cleared 870 square miles (around 2,250 square kilometers) of rainforest over the month. The Brazilian president, a climate change sceptic, and his environment minister Ricardo Salles have previously accused the INPE of publishing misleading data, claiming the figures "don't correspond to the truth" and were damaging to the institute and the country. Data from INPE, an institution of international repute, shows that deforestation has increased 40 per cent in the last twelve months compared with the same period a year ago. Amazon rainforest deforestation had increased 88 per cent on-year in June alone. Last week, INPE president Ricardo Galvao was … [Read more...] about Amazon deforestation increases by 278% in a year, institute warns climate skeptic president Bolsonaro
Brazil's hard-Right President, Jair Bolsonaro, has blamed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for starting fires in the Amazon rainforest to undermine him. Mr Bolsonaro said "everything indicates" that NGOs are going to the Amazon to "set fire" to the forest in order to shame his government after he cut their funding. His intervention came after the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) released data on Tuesday claiming that there has been an 83 per cent increase from the same period in 2018. Conservationists have blamed Mr Bolsonaro for the fires, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land. In a statement broadcast on Facebook Live, a common tactic to avoid direct contact with a hostile mainstream media, Mr Bolsonaro claimed that the aim of the NGOs was "to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil." It's not the first time Mr Bolsonaro has clashed with Inpe. The head of the agency, Ricardo Galvão, was sacked by … [Read more...] about Record 84 per cent yearly increase in Amazon fires blamed on deforestation in Brazil
Project goal: Practising sustainable farming on cattle ranches with degraded soil in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso by observing environmental laws, cutting methane emissions and increasing farm efficiency Project implementation: Degraded soil will be restored through repeated plowing and by adding nutrients and planting high-yield grasses. Riverbanks and water sources will also be restored and cattle will no longer drink river water Project partner: Organizatios for sustainable cattle ranching, Pecsa and the Programa Novo Campo — the New Field Program. Local NGO Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) is leading the project Project financing: The project is supported by the Althelia Climate Fund, which invests in sustainable land use initiatives. Brazil has repeatedly made the headlines in recent months over ongoing deforestation in the Amazon. Some 80% of logging there is to make space for cattle ranching. The country is home to more than 214 million cows and is … [Read more...] about Amazon protection: Can Brazil’s destructive cattle ranches be transformed?