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In the 1970s, the Brazilian government declared the Amazon open for settlement. Rondonia became like Oklahoma during the land rush. The poor and dispossessed of other Brazilian states were encouraged to move in. Quickly, trees gave way to farms and cattle ranches. Deforestation in this part of Brazil now happens in quick phases, where the land is cleared, burned, and readied for cattle to graze. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Environment

In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve'

This is the time of year subsistence farmers clear land by setting fires in the Amazon. They say it's the only way they can make a living, but it's delivering another blow to the rain forest.

Presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is seen Wednesday in his Senate office in Washington, D.C. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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Sanders Says He's Democrats' Best Bet On Issues — And Electability

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In the 1970s, the Brazilian government declared the Amazon open for settlement. Rondonia became like Oklahoma during the land rush. The poor and dispossessed of other Brazilian states were encouraged to move in. Quickly, trees gave way to farms and cattle ranches. Deforestation in this part of Brazil now happens in quick phases, where the land is cleared, burned, and readied for cattle to graze. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Rain Forest Was Here

In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve'

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In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve'

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There was a lot of excitement in 2012, when the Hiriko car was unveiled at this event at European Union headquarters in Brussels. At the time, the then-president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, hailed the car as a trans-Atlantic "exchange between the world of science and the world of business." Zhou Lei/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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All Tech Considered

How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

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How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

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Taiwanese presidential front-runner Tsai Ing-wen's party has called for independence from China in the past. This time around, it's signaling pragmatism. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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As Taiwan Gears Up For Elections, China, As Always, Looms Large

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