South America

"The Lawless Frontier at the Heart of the Burning Amazon"

"It’s June, the start of burning season in the Amazon. Fires are beginning to rage all over the forest, the final stage of clearing land for pasture. The smoke gets so thick it’s visible from space, and hard to breathe down here on the ground. But from where I sit, in a dented pick-up headed south, I can barely see through a storm of dust."

Source: Rolling Stone, 09/19/2019

Algae — Society’s Big, Green … and Emerging Menace

It’s poisoning fresh waters across the United States, as well as elsewhere in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Blue-green algae is on the rise, lingering later and later into the year. Our new Issue Backgrounder explains the contributing factors behind the potent toxin’s scourge, its societal and public health ramifications, and the many angles and resources to tell the story.

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As Amazon Burns, Environmental Officials Revolt Against Bolsonaro

"Hundreds of government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws signed an open letter warning that their work has been hampered by President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon."

Source: NY Times, 08/29/2019

"G7 Leaders Vow To Help Brazil Fight Fires, Repair Damage"

"Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm."

Source: AP, 08/26/2019

"Brazil Prosecutors Probe Surge In Amazon Deforestation And Fires"

"Federal prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday they will investigate a spike in deforestation and wildfires raging in the Amazon state of Pará to determine whether there has been reduced monitoring and enforcement of environmental protections."

Source: Reuters, 08/23/2019
August 28, 2019

DEADLINE: Douglas Tweedale Memorial Fellowship

The International Center for Journalists invites Latin American journalists passionate about covering climate and sustainability issues to apply for this biennial fellowship, taking place Oct 7-19, 2019 in Lima, Peru. Deadline to apply is Aug 28.

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