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Philip Fearnside


Philip M. Fearnside is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Dynamics at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

In addition to Latin America, he has field experience and publications include India, Indonesia and China. Fearnside’s research since 1974 has been directed at the estimation of human carrying capacity of tropical agro-ecosystems.

He has authored over 500 professional publications and over 250 popular and outreach publications on these and related problems of environment and development. He also spreads these messages through extensive public speaking, having delivered over 850 speeches.

He completed his Ph.D. in 1978 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Honors include Brazil’s National Ecology Prize, the UN Global 500 award, the Conrad Wessel prize, the Chico Mendes prize, the Scopus prize (from Elsevier & CAPES) and membership in the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. In 2006 he was identified by Thompson-ISI as the world’s second most-cited scientist on the subject of global warming. His papers are available through

Articles by Philip Fearnside

Dams With Big Reservoirs

Brazil’s hydroelectric plans threaten its Paris climate commitments.

January 29, 2017

Deforestation in Brazil: The China Factor

How Chinese trade and investment in Brazil are altering the power equation in Brazilian politics.

October 4, 2015