Amazon rainforest monitoring

This micro-site aggregates data on deforestation in the Amazon from several sources. The most timely data comes from Brazil: specifically Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Imazon, a Brazilian NGO.

Narrative context on these issues can be found at Mongabay’s Amazon rainforest section as well as Mongabay’s regular news reporting on the Amazon in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. Recent headlines from these sites can be found at the bottom of this page.


This site is organized into sections:

Annual data

Recent news on monitoring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest


  • Latest environmentalist arrest shocks Vietnam’s battered civil society
    on June 2, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Police in Vietnam have detained prominent environmentalist Hoang Thi Minh Hong, known as Hong Hoang, on tax evasion charges frequently used against critics of the government’s environmental policies. Hong, who was taken into custody on May 31, is an Obama Foundation Scholar and founded the Center of Hands-on Action and Networking for Growth and Environment

  • ‘Shocking’ levels of pangolin deaths from electric fences (commentary)
    on June 2, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    “South Africa loses between 1,000 and 2,000 pangolins each year to fence electrocutions. This far overshadows the number of individuals that are illegally poached and trafficked,” says Dr Darren Pietersen, one of South Africa’s leading pangolin researchers. There are eight pangolin species worldwide, with four occurring in Asia and four in Africa. Of the four

  • Majority of Brazil’s Congress votes to restrict Indigenous land advances
    on June 2, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    SÃO PAULO — On Tuesday, Brazil’s Lower House of Congress overwhelmingly voted and approved a bill to restrict the legal recognition of Indigenous territories throughout the country. Among many changes, the bill 490/2007 establishes a time frame — marco temporal in Portuguese — that only recognizes Indigenous land rights if they were living there or

  • Protected areas store a year’s worth of CO₂ emissions, study reveals
    on June 2, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Researchers analyzed never-before-used satellite data to calculate how much carbon is stored in protected areas worldwide.

  • Spotlighting oil majors’ ‘ecocide’ of Niger Delta: Q&A with Michael J. Watts
    on June 2, 2023 at 11:47 am

    In May, a commission of experts appointed by the governor of Nigeria’s Bayelsa state released its long-awaited report on the impact of oil production on the small riverine state. The report detailed years of oil spills, gas flaring, and other pollution from facilities owned by companies like Shell and Eni, with devastating impacts on biodiversity



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