The fight to save the Amazon has always been about saving the great forest’s wildlife, ecosystems and human inhabitants. But today it’s also about helping to save all of us. The Amazon plays a key role in regulating the Earth’s climate, and researchers are now warning that as the forest falls, it’s losing its ability to do that.
In this special series, reporter Sam Eaton explores the crucial question: Can we save the Amazon, so it can help save us?
Money for protecting the Brazilian Amazon is drying up, while big landowners along the region's "arc of deforestation" are pushing the government to ease up on regulations. Both spell disaster in the battle to preserve the world's largest tropical forest.
Indigenous people are engaged in a fierce battle to defend the Amazon forest from illegal logging, and it’s working. Deforestation in indigenous territories is much lower than in other areas. But those efforts are fraught with danger.
Brazil’s leading climatologist wants to change the way businesses view the Amazon. If standing trees become more valuable than cleared land, the forest can recover and continue to absorb greenhouse gases.