The Amazon was historically too wet to burn on a large scale, but climate change and deforestation have made it hotter and dryer.
A decade of deforestation, broken commitments and murder of rainforest defenders later, the 2020s begin with a dark moment for the world’s rainforests.
Discoveries of new species is the outcome of perseverance, years of fieldwork & long periods of looking at museum records.
2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin.
Fire rages across Indonesia's Sumatra, Borneo islands; residents suffer from respiratory problems, sore eyes due to smell of burning foliage
Around 400 schools were closed on Tuesday in nine districts of Sarawak state on Borneo
Higher intensity droughts due to deforestation have aggravated the effects of climate change.
Like species extinction, the erosion of wilderness is essentially irreversible, the study says.
Urging governments to redouble efforts, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that success in preserving life on the planet would help goals of "eliminating poverty, improving human health and providing energy, food and clean water for all".