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Davi Koponawa outside the Palace of Westminster, London. Photo: Survival International.

Brazil: death threats stalk Amazon shaman Davi Kopenawa

The Ecologist

30th July 2014

As gold miners face eviction from Yanomami territory in the Brazilian Amazon, a rising tempo of death threats have been directed against the shaman Davi Kopenawa following his successful campaign. more...
Some 90 miles off the Sao Paulo coast, Ilha da Queimada Grande looks very pretty from far away. But up close, it's terrifying. Photo: Prefeitura Municipal Itanhaém.

Great snakes! Football fans, explore at your peril

Natasha Geiling

15th July 2014

Brazil's Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world's deadliest, and most endangered, snakes, writes Natasha Geiling. Just the place for Brazil's disgraced football team to escape the wrath of furious fans, if they can only get a permit ... more...
Fuleco has inspired millions of plastic  armadillos, but the animals themselves have received scant benefit. Photo: Tânia Rêgo / ABr, CC BY-SA.

Brazil and FIFA have failed to protect their World Cup mascot

Robert Young

12th July 2014

The choice of the armadillo as World Cup mascot could have led to great conservation gains in Brazil, writes Robert Young. Results so far are deeply disappointing - but it's not too late for FIFA and Brazil to create a natural endowment to be proud of for decades to come. more...
The Belo Monte dam construction site. Photo: Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento via Flickr.

Brazilians have far more to protest about than the World Cup

Steffen Böhm & Rafael Kruter Flores

20th June 2014

It may all be over for England, but for Brazil, the battle is only just beginning. Anger over the vast cost of the World Cup - well over $10 billion - and its huge social impacts, is spilling over into a wider fury at massive mega-projects than enrich elites, trash the environment, and leave the poor poorer. more...
Davi Koponawa at home in the forest. Photo: Survival International.

Ours is a path of survival for the whole planet

Liam J Shaughnessy

17th June 2014

As the World Cup gets under way in Brazil, Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa told Liam J Shaughnessy about the very different world he inhabits, deep in the Amazon rainforest - a world of bright spirits, ancient knowledge, union with nature. And a world under threat. more...
The blockade of the Amazon Highway near the Belo Monte construction site. Photo: Xingu Vivo.

Brazil: Amazon Indians shot at Belo Monte dam site

Xingu Vivo / The Ecologist

30th May 2014

This week 20 Amazon Indians walked to the Belo Monte dam site to demand the company keep its promises to compensate indigenous communities. Police shot them with 'rubber bullets' and stun grenades, wounding four. Tensions are rising ... more...
The use of 2,4D - a toxic herbicide developed in WW2 as a weapon to destroy enemy crops, and a key ingredient of Agent Orange - will greatly increase if a new generation of GM crops is approved.

Coming to your table? GMO crops resistant to 'war herbicide' 2,4D

Helena Paul

8th May 2014

The US looks set to approve GM crops that resist the 'Agent Orange' pesticide 2,4-D as well as glyphosate, writes Helena Paul. If it does, the toxic chemical - created in WW2 to destroy enemy food supplies - will soon end up in animal feeds, and the food we eat. more...
Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting at drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled. Photo: Diego Cupolo.

Despite 'progressive' politics, Latin America's indigenous veins are bleeding

Benjamin Dangl

1st May 2014

Left-wing, progressive politicians hold sway across Latin America, writes Benjamin Dangl. But defying their own 'green' rhetoric, they are committed to mining and other environmentally damaging development. Now they face growing resistance from small farmers and indigenous peoples. more...
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...

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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...
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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