In Brazil, Fires and Deforestation Threaten Amazon Species’ Survival
South America’s Amazon rainforest is home to a remarkable diversity of animal and plant life. But record-breaking forest fires in 2019 and ongoing deforestation is putting many of the Amazon’s original inhabitants at risk. For this NewsHour report done in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, we ask, “Can the Amazon be saved?” Amna Nawaz and producer Mike Fritz traveled to a remote scientific outpost in one of the most pristine sections of the Brazilian rainforest to meet conservationists who have fended off agricultural creep and managed to even save some endangered species that have long called the region home. But they admit they’re working around the clock to catalog their environment, preparing for what they believe is the inevitable destruction of the rainforest.