The Brazilian Amazon, home to 60 percent of the world’s largest forest and 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country. The area is currently populated by over 20 million people and is challenged by deforestation, agriculture, mining, a dam-building spree, illegal land speculation, including the occupation of forest reserves and indigenous land, and other issues. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Brazilian President Greenlights Mining in Amazon National Reserve

President Michel Temer issued a decree Wednesday eliminating protections in the northern Para and Amapa states, which will allow private companies to tap gold, manganese, iron, and copper deposits.

Published On 08/25/2017
10:23 AM EDT