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The appointment of a reputed climate change denier as the head of Brazil’s science ministry has some scientists worried about the country’s environmental future. Others are withholding judgment, at least until the new minister, Aldo Rebelo, ...
For the president in any democracy, compromises are often necessary in assembling a cabinet that satisfies a range of constituencies. But even with that in mind, it’s really hard to understand how President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, who has ...
IN 1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Brazil’s president, said he would triple the area of the Amazon
set aside for posterity. At the time the ambition seemed vain: Brazil was losing 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of ...
Outside the political hothouse of Brasilia, there are probably few who can name the head of Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby, yet the woman in question, Kátia Abreu, is rapidly becoming the country's most interesting, important – and ...
As part of its campaign to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies.
The initiative to make the ...
In 2014, constitutional challenges to Brazil's dismantled Forest Code
will determine if wholesale destruction of the earth's largest forest
complexes¾and important carbon sinks¾will continue. These rulings may herald a return of ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Landscapes vanishing, along with their nonhuman inhabitants. Global warming upending natural systems. These are tough times on ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest
-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
Marina Silva is what the enlightened future was supposed to look like. Smart, determined, effective and focused on indigenous culture, education and environmental conservation, the former minister and presidential candidate was once a symbol of ...
Beef and soya products from Brazil accounted for a third of carbon emissions associated with deforestation between 1990-2010, scientists say.
They warn that the UN`s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest
Degradation (REDD+) ...
A new study published online April 4th in the journal Environmental Research Letters finds that trade and global consumption of Brazilian beef and soybeans is increasingly driving Brazilian deforestation. Consequently, current international ...
A palm oil producer has leveled some 7,000 hectares of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon
, highlighting the risks of oil palm expansion in the world's largest tropical forest
, reports El Comercio.
Between 2005 and 2011, Grupo Romero, a ...
Brazil's new forest
-- approved last year at the urging of the powerful agrobusiness sector -- faced a constitutional challenge Tuesday from federal prosecutors afraid it threatens the Amazon
The prosecutors filed ...
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forest
s. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012.
There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were ...
As a global power, Brazil has been a key player in the COP18 climate talks on the emissions reduction targets of the Kyoto Protocol. And because Brazil is home to the majority of South America's rainforest, it is pivotal to some of our planet's ...
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
fell to the lowest rate since annual record-keeping began in 1988 according to provisional data released Tuesday by Brazil's National Space Research Agency (INPE).
1,798 square miles (4,656 square ...
As his helicopter descends through the smoke towards an Amazon
ian inferno, Evandro Carlos Selva checks the co-ordinates via a global positioning satellite and radios back to base a witness testimony to deforestation.
Flames lick up from ...
Deforestation could cause rainfall across the Amazon
rainforest to drop precipitously, warns a new study published in the journal Nature.
Using a computer model that accounts for forest
cover and rainfall patterns, Dominick Spracklen of ...
The text of Brazil’s controversial Forest Code
went through what is likely to be its final convulsion on Wednesday 29 August, after years of debate about how the country should balance the interests of farmers and developers with the need to ...
Ivo Lubrinna has been wildcatting for gold in the jungle here for more than 30 years. It's a notoriously messy business, as crews strip away topsoil in the forest
and along riverbanks and use mercury and other pollutants to draw precious metal ...
The destruction of great swaths of the Brazilian Amazon
has turned scores of rare species into the walking dead, doomed to disappear even if deforestation were halted in the region overnight, according to a new study.
Forest clearing in ...
When Greenpeace accused Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest beef exporter, of sourcing cattle from illegally deforested parts of the Amazon
this month, the company’s response was swift.
An angry JBS immediately filed a lawsuit against the ...
rainforest is the most important patch of land on the planet. The trees have been called the lungs of the Earth and that's far more than just a metaphor: they absorb more than 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, return ...
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recently vetoed portions of a controversial forest code
and, in effect, postponed any final decisions until after Brazil hosts the Rio +20 environmental summit in June. Host Steve Curwood talks with Tufts ...
The Brazilian government is pressing forward with controversial legislation that critics say will lead to widespread destruction of the Amazon
After months of heated discussion, President Dilma Rousseff on Monday presented a ...