Scientists have long known that halting climate change will be impossible without stopping the destruction of the world’s forests. Along with providing the planet with oxygen, trees also store huge amounts of carbon. When they go up in flames, it enters the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the main gas causing global warming. Currently, around 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, above all in the tropics where forests are most lush.
The scientific name for cacao (Theobroma cacao) is derived from the Greek words theos (god) and broma (food), meaning Food of the Gods. While some experts believe cacao originated in Mexico, more recent genetics studies point to a different origin: the Amazon. Most of the cacao in the world today are from the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Brazil comes in 5th place after Indonesia and Nigeria. AmazonDrops uses pure cacao in a series of products including soap, body scrub and body balm.
Brazil dam burst: environmental crisis reaches Atlantic – in pictures A mudslide at an iron ore mine in Brazil, in which at least 13 people died, has reignited calls for safer ways to dispose of millions of tonnes of waste as toxic mud leaks into the Atlantic ocean
The oil industry has already taken over her ancestral lands in Putumayo, in south-western Colombia. Gas flaring has led to respiratory illnesses, water has been polluted and traditional lands taken away. What few jobs the industry has provided are menial and insecure, so young men are driven to the drug trade, women to prostitution. HIV rates are rising, as is crime.