The drought in the Amazon region is sapping the Amazon River and its tributaries, leading to the death of endangered river dolphins and disrupting access to food and medicine in various cities.
Why it matters
The drought is causing significant harm to the Amazon ecosystem, threatening biodiversity and impacting the lives of local communities. It also has implications for global climate change due to the release of carbon from dying trees.
What the papers say
AP News highlights the impact of soil degradation on agriculture and poverty in the Amazon region, while South China Morning Post focuses on the severe environmental impacts of the drought, including the death of endangered river dolphins and disruption of access to food and medicine. Business Insider UK reports on the governor of Brazil's Amazonas state asking Jeff Bezos to pay royalties for using the rainforest's name for his company.
How we got here
The Amazon region is experiencing a severe drought, leading to environmental and social challenges. The governor of Brazil's Amazonas state is seeking compensation for the use of the rainforest's name by Jeff Bezos' company, while the impact of soil degradation on agriculture and poverty in the region is also highlighted.
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Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 211 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most