Scientists have just confirmed that the Amazon rainforest, due to unchecked burning and deforestation, produces more carbon dioxide than it absorbs.
It takes the critical ecosystem close to a turning point where savannah will replace it and trigger acceleration of global warming.
This is not an isolated case of enormous destruction of the natural environment.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed earlier this month that global warming now affects all continents, regions and oceans across the world.
The worldwide campaign campaign is directed by the Stop Ecocide Foundation.
The draft definition is a major step towards placing bioscience on the international agenda.