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Over the last 40 years, the north of the state of Mato Grosso has profoundly changed. This far-reaching transformation — matched almost nowhere else in the world — is largely due to the rapid expansion of industrial agribusiness, particularly soybean production, which has destroyed huge swathes of savanna and tropical Amazon rainforest. “There are certain regions, near Brasnorte , for...

The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor. Or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions on the planet. Those...

Drug seizures are not infrequent in Brazil’s Amazon region. In early January alone, the Brazilian Army seized 905 kg of skunk (a powerful, high-THC form of cannabis) on the Japurá river. The drug was found on the surface of the river after a boat wreck. The traffickers ran away. The advance of criminal organizations is one of the main concerns...

Established 18 years ago in a location that stretches over the municipalities of Santarém and Aveiro, the Tapajós-Arapiuns Harvesting Reserve is one of the best-conserved green areas in Pará, the Brazilian state that has accumulated the largest deforested area in the Amazon between 1988 to 2016. The reserve, comprised of 74 communities, combines income-generating activities for residents with conservation of...

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