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Brazilian Legislation Threatens to Accelerate Amazon Deforestation; Presidential Veto Urgently Required

Brazil's Senate voted on Wednesday (7 December 2011) to make changes to the country's forest law.  If approved by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, the law would threaten an area larger than the state of Texas -- and one of the world's treasured natural areas.  The consequences would be felt all over the world, as a significant amount of CO2 could be released to the atmosphere.  Brazil's ambitious efforts to slow climate change by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation would be severely undermined.  Sign our petition and join more than 1.5 million Brazilians in urging Brazil's President to veto the bill.

Brazil's Low Carbon Development Plan

Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change (2008) seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, while achieving Brazil’s development objectives. Those development goals include a “commitment to reduce social inequality and to increase income” while “not repeating the pattern and the standards of the countries that have already industrialized.” It is a “dynamic plan, a work in progress to be constantly revaluated.

Scientists Predict Huge Pulse of Carbon into Atmosphere from 2010 Amazon Drought

Scientists report in the latest (4 February 2011) edition of Science, that the historic 2010 drought in the Amazon ultimately may result in the release of about 2.2 billion metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.  That is equivalent to about 25% of global annual carbon emissions from fossil fuel use.  "If drought events continue," they conclude, "the era of intact Amazon forests buffering the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide may have passed. "

Another Extreme Drought Hits the Amazon and Raises Climate Change Concerns

The Amazon region is experiencing the third extreme drought in a dozen years -- and it may turn out to be the worst on record. The droughts coupled with recent research findings, suggest that rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will rapidly increase the frequency and severity of droughts in the region. The implications for people,  biodiversity and climate are ominous.

Sea Surface Temperatures in Tropical North Atlantic Rise to Record Levels in 2010, With Impacts from the Amazon to Canada

Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Tropical North Atlantic are rising over the long term, driven in part by rising concentrations of greenhouse gases. High and in some areas record SSTs in the region throughout 2010 are largely responsible for one of the worst coral bleaching episodes on record in the Caribbean, are a principal contributor to one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, and are likely a key factor behind the second extreme drought in the Amazon in 5 years.

New maps show the carbon in the trees

A revolutionary approach for mapping and monitoring the carbon held in tropical forests is a major step forward in protecting the climate and biodiversity.

Bill to slash Amazon protection passes crucial vote

Amendments to Brazil's Forest Code that could sanction dramatic increases in deforestation passed a crucial vote in the Brazilian Congress's Special Committee on Forest Law Changes last night (6 July 2010), an outcome lamented by scientists, environmental and social organizations and indigenous groups.

Sunday Times (UK) Publishes Correction and Apology for Asserting that IPCC Amazon Statement was "Bogus"

The Sunday Times (UK) published yesterday (20 June 2010) a correction and a apology for an article it published on 31 January 2010, UN Climate Panel Shamed by Bogus Rainforest Claim.  "The original article to which this correction refers has been removed," concludes the Sunday Times.
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