Editor’s note: Today is Amazon Day, created to commemorate the founding of what is now known as the State of Amazonas in Brazil. True to its name, the state — which is nearly four times the size of California — is home to the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest tropical forest. To celebrate, peek under the rainforest canopy with five of Human Nature’s most popular Amazon stories.
Go behind-the-scenes with the camera crew of CI’s latest virtual reality film, “Under the Canopy,” on their 26-day expedition to two of the most pristine areas in the Amazon: southern Suriname and Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.
What’s causing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, and how do we stop it? To find out, CI scientists took a look at the bigger picture and created a color-coded roadmap for action.
Do you love maps? These artful representations of the Amazon’s critical natural resources — forests, water, biodiversity and more — are sure to inform and inspire.
From chemicals in snakes that lower blood pressure to trees that contain cancer-fighting properties, saving the Amazon means saving nature’s pharmacy.
Protected areas are still threatened: In Brazil, from 1900 to 2014, CI researchers found 67 instances of protected areas subject to changing laws and regulations.
Leah Duran is a staff writer for Conservation International.
Cover image: An aerial view of the Amazon. (© Johnny Lye)