Amazon – From Paradise To Inferno

The Amazon rainforest is being eaten away at by deforestation, much of which takes place as areas are burnt by large fires to clear land for agriculture. Initial data from Brazil’s space agency suggests that destruction of the vast rainforest – the largest in the world – spiked by more than a third over the past year, wiping out an area more than twice the size of the city of Los Angeles. If the figures are borne out by follow-up data, they would confirm fears of scientists and environmental activists who warn that farming, mining and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil’s long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation. [44 photos total]

Pixtale is updated with new interesting photo stories nearly every day, checkout the our Archives.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to updates with RSS

Use key shortcuts: Use J/K keys or / to navigate

1
An aerial view of the construction site of a hydroelectric dam along the Teles Pires river, a tributary of the Amazon, near the city of Alta Floresta, Para state, June 19, 2013. The Amazon rainforest is being eaten away at by deforestation, much of which takes place as areas are burnt by large fires to clear land for agriculture. Initial data from Brazil's space agency suggests that destruction of the vast rainforest - the largest in the world - spiked by more than a third over the past year, wiping out an area more than twice the size of the city of Los Angeles. If the figures are borne out by follow-up data, they would confirm fears of scientists and environmental activists who warn that farming, mining and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil's long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight as a United Nations Climate Change Conference opens in Warsaw, Poland, November 11 (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
2
An aerial view shows a tract of Amazon rainforest which has been cleared for agriculture near Santarem (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
3
Aerial view shows a tract of Amazon rainforest which has been cleared for agriculture near Santarem (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
4
An aerial view shows a tract of Amazon rainforest which has been cleared near Santarem (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
5
A tractor works on a wheat plantation on land that used to be virgin Amazon rainforest near Santarem (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
6
A tractor works on a wheat plantation on what was virgin Amazon rainforest near Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
7
Construction site of an illegal sawmill is seen from a police helicopter during the Hileia Patria operation in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
8
Cattle walk on a tract of Amazon rainforest that has been cleared near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
9
An area of the Amazon rainforest which was burned to clear land for cattle pasture is seen near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
10
Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to clear land for agriculture near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
11
Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to clear land for agriculture near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
12
Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to clear land for agriculture near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
13
Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to clear land for agriculture near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
14
Furnaces used to make charcoal are seen from a police helicopter during the Hileia Patria operation in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
15
An area of the Amazon rainforest which has been slashed and burned stands next to a section of virgin forest in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
16
Sawmills which process illegally logged trees from the Amazon rainforest are seen near Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
17
A truck transports a mechanical shovel at a sawmill near Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
18
A man carries his chainsaw past fallen trees in Jamanxim National Park near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
19
A man carries his chainsaw after illegally cutting down a tree from virgin Amazon rainforest near Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
20
A man holds his chainsaw after illegally cutting down a tree from virgin Amazon rainforest near Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
21
A man walks past a vehicle ready to drag a log from the forest in Jamanxim National Park near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
22
A truck carrying a tree extracted illegally from the Amazon rainforest drives at night near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
23
A police officer inspects a tree illegally felled in the Amazon rainforest in Jamanxim National Park near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
24
A tree lies on the floor of the Amazon rainforest in Jamanxim National Park near the city of Novo Progresso, (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
25
A tractor used to drag logs out of the Amazon rainforest burns after being destroyed by police near Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
26
Police officers guard a man after arresting him for illegally felling trees from virgin Amazon rainforest near Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
27
A truck driver eats a canned meal next to his truck after a rainstorm near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
28
An officer from Brazil's IBAMA inspects a pile of trees illegally extracted from the Amazon rainforest in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
29
Officers from Brazil's IBMA guard a yard filled with trees which were illegally logged from the Amazon rainforest in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
30
Soldiers from the Brazilian Army stand near a truck loaded with blades which they confiscated during the Hileia Patria operation in Para State (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
31
Workers arrange lumber cut from trees illegally extracted from the Amazon jungle near the city of Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
32
A man stands in front of his home in the Amazon rainforest near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
33
A cowboy digs a hole into land that was formerly Amazon rainforest, near the city of Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
34
Herders drive cattle, which were raised on pasture grown on an area of deforested Amazon rainforest, near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
35
A boy stands in the door of his house in Nova Esperanca do Piria (RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS) #
36
A woman holds her daughter outside their home in the Amazon rainforest near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
37
A girl sleeps in her home, which stands alongside the Trans-Amazonian highway, near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
38
A man poses for a photograph in the window of a bar along the Trans-Amazonian highway near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
39
A man stands in front of his shack next to a mine in the Amazon rainforest near the city of Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
40
Mud cakes the feet of a man working at an illegal wildcat gold mine on an area of deforested Amazon rainforest near the city of Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
41
A man works at an illegal wildcat gold mine on an area of deforested Amazon rainforest near the city of Morais Almeida (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
42
An illegal wildcat gold mine, located on an area of deforested Amazon rainforest, is seen near Castelo dos Sonhos (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
43
A rainbow is seen over a tract of Amazon rainforest which has been cleared by loggers and farmers for agriculture, near the city of Uruara (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
44
A thunderstorm is seen over the Amazon rainforest near the city of Novo Progresso (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #

Most Popular Stories on Pixtale