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Destruction of the Amazon: What you need to know

Environmentalists often cite the conservation of the Amazon rainforest as a crucial way to mitigate the climate crisis. A look at the current situation and what’s at stake.

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10 May
Chernihiv survived weeks of Russian siege. DW's Alexandra von Nahmen visited the city, where death and destruction is all that the retreating Russian forces left behind.
23 May
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8 Jun
Rights groups say Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira had received threats before they went missing while reporting in a remote part of the Amazon near Brazil's border with Peru.
11 Jun
The French daily Libération continues its investigation into pillaged artefacts. Papers are also making pleas to the Brazilian government to step up the search for a British journalist and a Brazilian indigenous activist who have both gone missing in the Amazon. Finally, from elderly driving to chasing a wheel of cheese, we see how two women are moving forward.
12 Jun
The American and Brazilian presidents spoke on the sidelines of the Americas Summit, with Jair Bolsonaro trying to breathe life into his re-election campaign and Joe Biden keen to have something to show for his event.
17 Jun
Brazilian rescue teams have found a backpack and clothes belonging to British journalist Dom Phillips and tribal expert Bruno Pereira respectively. Their mission to find the missing men continues.
15 Jun
Brazilian police arrested a fisherman, who is the brother of the prime suspect, in the case of the disappearance of Bruno Pereira and Dom Philips. The search for the two is still ongoing.
16 Jun
Amazon says it will launch a drone delivery service this year in Lockeford California. The community of over 3,500 in population will be the first in the U.S to start receiving package deliveries by drone and will also enjoy free drone delivery within 30 minutes.
25 Jun
With young Indigenous people leaving the Amazon in search of jobs the rainforest is losing one of its best lines of defense. Could ensuring they have economic opportunities at home help protect biodiversity?
23 Jun
South Africa's Khoi community is divided on how to best protect its heritage on a site in Cape Town earmarked to house Amazon's African headquarters. Judges ordered a halt to construction, but some indigenous locals are eager for the jobs that the site could bring. Also, we see how Libyan artisans are working painstakingly around the clock to restore old copies of the Koran.
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