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In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
In the Amazon
, everything is big – the trees, the rivers, the snakes, and the statistics that measure everything in numbers of football fields or areas the size of entire countries.
Now one of the biggest towers in the world – taller ...
Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB) is expected to name former environment minister Marina Silva to run for the presidency after former candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash.
Silva, who was set to run as Campos’ vice-president, is a ...
Chief Raoni Metuktire, head of the Kayapò indigenous group from the Xingu region, deep in the Amazon
rainforest, sits in a packed lecture hall in London. With his jutting lip plate and large feather headdress, the elderly, gently-spoken tribal ...
Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.
Indigenous representatives and environmental activists from Africa, Asia, Australia and the ...
As Brazil struggles to solve land disputes between Indians and farmers on the expanding frontier of its agricultural heartland, more tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in the remote Amazon
The government of President ...
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 ...
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 ...
The 28 percent increase in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
over last year that was reported this week is bad news, but it is not surprising. It is bad news because the decline in deforestation since 2005 has given us the single largest ...
Construction on Belo Monte
, Brazil's largest dam
, was again halted by a federal court due to concerns over its license, reports Amazon
Watch, an NGO that is mobilizing opposition to the project.
"Last week the Federal Regional Court of ...
150 indigenous protesters have once again occupied the Belo Monte dam
site in an effort to block the controversial project, reports Amazon
Watch, an NGO that is helping lead the fight against the dam
Amazon watch says that members of ...
Officials here frequently claim that the huge hydroelectric dam
s that increasingly dot the Brazilian Amazon
are a source of "clean energy.'The dam
s often flood vast areas of rain forest, leading to a major loss of biodiversity and the ...
Police in southern Brazil yesterday killed a Terena Indian and wounded several others while violently evicting them from their land. Members of the tribe had returned to live on part of their ancestral territory currently occupied by a rancher ...
Deforestation may lead to electricity shortages in tropical rainforest regions that rely heavily on hydropower, as fewer trees mean less rainfall for hydropower generation, a study shows.For example, if deforestation continues, one of the ...
Deforestation in the Amazon
region could significantly reduce the amount of electricity produced from hydropower, says a new study.
Scientists say the rainforest is critical in generating the streams and rivers that ultimately turn ...
Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler at the ...
Indians on Friday refused to end their occupation of a building site that has partially paralyzed work on the world's third largest hydroelectric dam
for two days.
Some 200 people from various indigenous groups occupied one of ...
A federal court in Brazil has suspended the use of military and police personnel during technical research on the controversial São Luíz do Tapajós Dam
in the Brazilian Amazon
. The military and police were brought in to stamp down protests from ...
ian community has threatened to "go to war" with the Brazilian government after what they say is a military incursion into their land by dam
The Munduruku indigenous group in Para state say they have been betrayed by ...
While global warming is a topic of conversation and news coverage every day around the world,? ?the basic raw materials that drive the global economy are rarely discussed as being involved.? ?But these materials play a key role in global ...
ian community has threatened to "go to war" with the Brazilian government after a military incursion into their land by dam
The Munduruku indigenous community in Para state say they have been betrayed by the ...
Leaders of more than two dozen Kayapó indigenous communities have rejected a $9 million offer from Brazilian state energy company Eletrobras to fund development projects in their region due to the the firm's involvement in the construction of the ...
When it is completed in 2015, the Jirau hydroelectric dam
will span 8km across the Madeira river and feature more giant turbines than any other dam
in the world. Then there are the power lines, draped along 2,250km of forests and fields to carry ...
Jerky mobile phone footage shows men carrying the inert body of a young man, surrounded by distraught, weeping women. Their wailing is clearly audible, as are the shrieks of a pet monkey which scurries in and out of the crowd.
At least ...