October 2019

Behind Brazil's Forest Fires: Amazon Tipping Point & Cattle-Driven Deforestation

From January to August 2019, forest fires in Brazil increased by 76% year over year, according to the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research. The raging fires are heightening concerns about deforestation and sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon. What is the “tipping point” beyond which the Amazon’s hydrological cycle will be unable to support rainforest systems? What is the role of Brazil’s cattle industry in this dilemma and how can sustainability be strengthened  in the industry? What are the major risks to investors and how can investors contribute to solutions?