Tisha Aragaki

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Peru's president orders environmental clean-up in Amazon oil region

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has declared an environmental emergency in part of the country’s Amazon jungle region, after years of oil pollution there.<p>It’s the most significant environmental policy change since Humala was elected in 2011 on a promise to step up environmental protection.<p>It’s only …

Fordlândia: Henry Ford's Failed Rubber Town in the Amazon Jungle

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.</i><p>Traveling through thick Brazilian …

Amazon rainforest is home to 16,000 tree species, estimate suggests

Scientists' analysis of 1,170 surveys of the Amazon suggests there are four hundred billion trees in the region<p>Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species grow in the Amazon, according to a new estimate.<p>More than 100 experts analysed data from 1,170 surveys to come up …

Brazil’s government reports a rise in deforestation in the Amazon.

The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that destruction of the Amazon rainforest in the country increased by 28 percent in a year. The rise …

One Week After Typhoon, 'The Mood Here Is Very Desperate'

On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Tacloban, the Philippines<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>The 220,000 residents of Tacloban — and millions more across central and southern Philippines — were hunkered down one week ago as Typhoon Haiyan bore down on them.<p>A week later, "the mood …