30 Nov '15, 11pm

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Why are the Amazon and indigenous people important to solving climate change? The Amazon is vital to global climate stability, absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide in its forests, releasing oxygen, and even regulating global rainfall patterns. However, the Amazon's ability to absorb carbon dioxide is at risk due to climate change, deforestation, and unsustainable industrial mega-projects. A major driver of these threats is the oil that lies beneath the Amazon. A recent study found that the carbon stored in the Amazon's indigenous territories and protected areas – many of which are threatened by fossil fuel development – is sufficient to either destabilize or significantly contribute to the stabilization of the planet's atmosphere depending on the collective impact of development projects. For decades now, indigenous peoples in the Amazon have taken strong leadership ro...

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