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A 2008 aerial survey shows the Amazon tribe near the group now dispersed by drug traffickers. Photo: Gleison Miranda / FUNAI.

Brazil - drugs gang 'disappears' isolated Amazon tribe

Joel Zinn

5th April 2014

Members of a Brazilian tribe isolated from outside contact have been scattered by drug traffickers armed with sub-machine guns, writes Joel Zinn, following an armed takeover of a nearby government post. more...
Soldiers at an illegal logging camp on Awá land. The Brazilian government has mounted a huge operation to evict illegal invaders from the Awá's forest. © Mário Vilela / FUNAI.

Amazon: loggers, ranchers expelled from Awa lands

The Ecologist

26th February 2014

After a two year celebrity-backed campaign, Brazil is finally expelling invaders from the ancestral rainforests of the Awa Indians - just in time to avoid embarrassing World Cup protests. more...
Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...
An encampment in of rural people evicted by soy barons is bunt out, Paraguay.

GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

5th February 2014

The unfolding human and ecological disaster of GM agriculture in the Americas must send the EU a powerful message, writes Helena Paul. We don't want it here, and we should stop buying the products of GM-driven genocide and ecocide abroad. more...
Soy on former forest, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo: Jeff Belmonte via Flickr.com.

Brazil extends Amazon protection from soy farms

The Ecologist

3rd January 2014

Amazon threat from soybean expansion delayed for a year - but 8 million hectares of unprotected forest at risk from 2015 pending new measures. more...
Kayapo Indians on a road block to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo: International Rivers via Flickr.com.

Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

Paul Brown.

30th December 2013

Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself ...
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Brazil deforestation up 28%

The Ecologist

16th November 2013

After a significant drop in the last several years, the annual deforestation rates in Brazil raised 28% for the period August 2012-July 2013, according to INPE, the Brazilian Spatial Institute. more...
Fenced in by eucalyptus

Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

Almuth Ernsting

9th November 2013

Biomass electricity in the UK = clear-cutting of ancient swamp forests + bulldozing of traditional communities' lands + deprived UK communities bearing the brunt of toxic emissions. more...
How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

When it comes to oils we are spoilt for choice, with more than 130 million tonnes of oil consumed every year, according to the WWF. But with demand set to increase, what sort of impact is our appetite for oil having on the planet? And which is the green choice? more...
Soya: how one super crop lost its way

The dark side of soya: how one super crop lost its way

Amy Hall

1st May, 2012

A decade ago, soya was being hailed as a superfood but in recent years, numerous issues surrounding deforestation and its impact on health have come to light more...
lungs,forest

Urge Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to save the Amazon rainforest

Ben Hudson

14th December 2011

The new Brazilian Forest Code proposes to relax land regulation in the Amazon rainforest which will increase logging, cattle ranching and other destructive activities. Tell President Dilma to veto the decision before it is too late more...
Amazon forest

Brazil’s Forest Code: call for farmers to be paid to protect Amazon

George Blacksell

24th September, 2011

Brazilian government urged to start paying farmers to protect Amazon land as it pushes on with plans to scrap historic forest protection laws more...

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Fast Forward

Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming

Mark Newton

20th October

Their grasp of science can’t be faulted but William Antholis and Strobe Talbott need to offer solutions too, says Mark Newton more...
Sugarcane plantation workers

Our sugarcane is greener than your corn: Brazil takes on US biofuel industry

Beth McLoughlin

4th October, 2011



Brazil claims to have clamped down on slash and burn tactics, slave labour and links to deforestation as it seeks to gain foothold in Europe’s lucrative biofuels market more...
Amazon

Belo Monte dam marks a troubling new era in Brazil's attitude to its rainforest

Karen Hoffmann

15th August, 2011

Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration more...
A victim

Return to the killing fields: the unspoken cost of Europe's cheap meat

Nick Rau

14th July, 2011

Two years on from our first investigation of the impact of intensive soya farming, Friends of the Earth campaigner Nick Rau explains how progress in tackling the problems are still frustratingly slow more...
Fairtrade coffee

Five of the best...Fairtrade and organic coffees

Valentina Jovanovski

20th June, 2011

From monocultures to deforestation, a cup of coffee can leave a bitter taste. But as Valentina Jovanovski discovered, ethically produced coffee can benefit some of the world’s poorest people and the planet to boot

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Map of area directly impacted by Belo Monte Dam

Brazilian judge blocks plans for construction of Belo Monte dam

Amy Fallon, the guardian

28th February, 2011

Project to build world's third-largest hydroelectric plant is suspended after failing to meet environmental requirements more...
Cattle ranching

WWF calls for 'scaling up' of beef production to combat deforestation in Brazil

Ecologist

22nd February, 2011

In an interview with the Ecologist, WWF Brazil CEO Denise Hamu says increasing productivity can help combat deforestation in the Amazon more...
RENCTAS

RENCTAS: the Brazilian NGO on the frontline of the war on animal trafficking

Giovana Zilli

11th February, 2011

RENCTAS and its fearless leader Raulff Lima are taking on Brazil's lucrative - and dangerous - black market in wildlife, reports Giovana Zilli more...
Amazon dams

Rapid growth in Amazon dams brought home by online map

Ecologist

25th August, 2010

New website details more than 140 planned or operating hydropower projects in the Amazon basin more...
Brazil

Atlantic Rising: Belo Monte dam the start of the drowning of the Amazon

Tim Bromfield

23rd July, 2010

Campaigners fear the construction of the world's third largest hydroelectric dam in Brazil is just the start with many more being planned in the Amazon basin more...
Roadside camp in Mato Grosso, Brazil

The human cost of 'super-clean' sugar ethanol

Ella Windsor

2nd March, 2010

Brazil is hailed as a biofuels success story - producing and using ethanol from high yielding crops within the country. But those indigenous families who have been displaced by sugar cane cultivation see things differently more...
Maize

Brazilian GM crop surge reported

Ecologist

23rd February, 2010

Brazil becomes second biggest biotech grower after the US as industry predicts big increases in GM soybean, maize and cotton production in 2010 more...
Map of area directly impacted by Belo Monte Dam

Brazil to build world's third largest dam in Amazon

Ecologist

2nd February, 2010

Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam project would devastate a large area of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of indigenous peoples more...

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