August 6, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever

Montevideo (AFP) – The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and unlawful occupation of their ancestral territories.Now, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified their plight, just as the forest fires are raging once more.The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is a vital resource in the race to curb climate change — it spans over 7.4 million square kilometers (2.85 million square miles). It covers 40 percent of the surface area of South America, stretching across nine countri…


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