An area of recently cut Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil.

After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world’s largest rain forest.

By Philip Fearnside

Water

The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces a Multitude of Threats

The Nile River is under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater intrusion downstream. These dual threats now jeopardize the future of a river that is the lifeblood for millions.

By Richard Conniff

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In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Kevin Trenberth talks about why climate scientists need to speak out in the face of the Trump administration’s denial of the facts about climate change.

By Katherine Bagley

Nonhle Mbuthuma, leader of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, which opposes a proposed titanium mine on South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

A Death in Pondoland

How a Proposed Strip Mine Brought Conflict to South Africa’s Wild Coast

The murder of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe has not stopped communities in South Africa’s Pondoland region from opposing plans for a major titanium mine. What’s at stake are ecologically important lands – and, for the villagers, a way of life. Third in a series.

By Fred Pearce

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