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Our laws make slaves of nature. It’s not just humans who need rights

For decades our laws have been a death sentence for the environment. Now, from the Amazon to Australia, the tide is turning

illustration of gavel and trees

 Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

The Amazon rainforest is often called the earth’s lungs, and generates 20% of the world’s oxygen. Yet in the past half-century nearly a fifth of it has been cut down. The felling and burning of millions of trees is releasing massive amounts of carbon, in turn depleting the Amazon’s capacity to be one of the world’s largest carbon sinks – the natural systems that suck up and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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