• The Alarming Urbanization of the Amazon - News | …
  • The Alarming Urbanization of the Amazon
  • Amazon Deforestation Rate Escalates

Scientists estimate that we are losing more than 137 species of plants and animals every single day because of rainforest deforestation.

But deforestation and mining have destroyed it at an alarming rate.

annual rate of deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon

Click here for a list of facts about the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Their use of the plants provides the bioprospector with the clues necessary to target specific species to research in the race for time before the species are lost to deforestation.

Recent news on deforestation in the Amazon

If the present rate continues, it is estimated that the paper industry alone will consume 4 billion tons of wood annually by the year 2020.
REVIEW: Forget about this as a "gardening film"—it's not. Instead, it's a superbly crafted tale of intrigue that finds the nexus of modern-day Britain's continuing methods of empire, a pharmacopoeia of shady corporate dealings, and the ongoing misery in Africa—a forsaken continent that the West has been manipulating and profiting from for more than a century. Blend in a bit of unsure romance and a couple shots of courageous behavior and you have yourself a darned good movie.


Deforestation in Brazil - Wikipedia

Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils, and other resources like rubber, chocolate, and chicle (used to make chewing gums) are harvested sustainably, rainforest land has much more economic value today and more long-term income and profits for the future than if just timber is harvested or burned down for cattle or farming operations.

DESCRIPTION: explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda illuminates the corporation's grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a "person" to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?"

Cattle ranching and infrastructure

These surviving indigenous people still demonstrate the remarkable diversity of the rainforest because they comprise 215 ethnic groups with 170 different languages.

How to Help | Amazon Deforestation

DESCRIPTION: reveals a hitherto unknown cabal of credit card companies, lobbyists, media conglomerates, and politicians colluding to deregulate the lending industry, ensuring that a culture of credit dependency can flourish. The film exposes the mechanisms and machinations that have allowed even the lowest wage earners to indebt themselves so heavily that house repossessions have become commonplace.

Rainforest Facts - Raintree Nutrition, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: In , filmmaker Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us. She starts with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Then, Cohen surveys two Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases. On the Native reserve ringed by chemical operations, the film reveals a startling birth rate problem that officials just can't ignore. Perhaps most appalling—and funny, in their own twisted way—are the roadblocks Cohen encounters when she tries to get information from federal officials. One tells her his department is "planning to discuss the plans."


REVIEW: This film is based on the true story of "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) and Jeff Wigand (Crowe), a former research biologist for the Brown & Williamson tobacco company. Bergman suspects Wigand has a story to tell, but Wigand isn't talking. The company knows Wigand is flaky and leans hard on him to honor his confidentiality agreement, going so far as to have shadowy characters keep an eye on him. This does not sit well with Wigand, and he decides to go on camera for a Mike Wallace interview, risking arrest for contempt of court—and who knows what else. Now enter the complications of corporate-buyout politics, threats of lawsuits, and business-trumps-journalism hand wringing. It all makes a great ride, giving us a riveting story at the same time it shows us what an oxymoron "corporate journalism" really is.

The planet’s forests are under threat

DESCRIPTION: Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a journey into the heart of America from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land ... Disneyland.