After declining off from a peak in the 1990s and early 2000s, Amazon rainforest destruction increased last year for the first time in the past decade. This series of aerial photos is a visual exploration of Brazil's Amazon at a time where the impacts of global warming are becoming more and more immediate. The rainforest is being eroded by pressure from mining development, hydropower inundation, timber extraction and agriculture production, so there is no simple fix available. The protection of these lands and ecosystems is vitally important in efforts to stem global warming and climate change.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltr? is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. The most striking large-scale photographs by Beltr? are images shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. Over the past two decades, Beltr??s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonia. Daniel Beltr? is a fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.