January 11, 2012
Peruvian smugglers illegally log on the Brazilian-side of the Amazon then transfer the hardwoods via the Solimoes River to the Peruvian island of Islandia. On the island they mix the illegally logged wood, mostly mahogany and cedar, with wood that was obtained legally before shipping them north. Finally, two Mexican vessels, also implicated in the cocaine trade, take the logs to Mexican and U.S. markets.
The smuggling has evaded capture to date because four Receita Federale (RF) patrol boats meant to patrol the Solimoes River have been out of commission for two years.
Colonization program remains important driver of deforestation in Brazil
(01/10/2012) Government-subsidized colonization of the Amazon rainforest remains an important driver of forest loss in Brazil, but has mixed economic value, argues a paper published in Biological Conservation.
As Amazon deforestation falls, food production rises
(01/09/2012) A sharp drop in deforestation has been accompanied by an increase in food production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, reports a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The research argues that policy interventions, combined with pressure from environmental groups, have encouraged agricultural expansion in already-deforested areas, rather than driving new forest clearing.
Brazil passes controversial Forest Code reform environmentalists say will be 'a disaster' for the Amazon
(12/06/2011) The Brazilian Senate tonight passed controversial legislation that will reform the country's 46-year-old Forest Code, which limits how much forest can be cleared on private lands. Environmentalists are calling the move "a disaster" that will reverse Brazil's recent progress in slowing deforestation in the world's largest rainforests.