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2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforest
s. 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 ...
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 ...
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forests. 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 ...
Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES) on Monday announced it has approved a $10.8 billion (22.5 billion Brazilian reais) loan to the consortium that is building the controversial Belo Monte dam
in the state of Par´ in the heart of the ...
A federal judge in Brazil has suspended construction work on a massive dam
in the heart of the Amazon rainforest
In a statement released on Tuesday, Judge Souza Prudente said that work could only resume on the $11bn, 11,000MW Belo Monte ...
As of Tuesday, the occupation of Belo Monte dam
by indigenous tribes entered its 13th day. Indigenous people, who have fought the planned Brazilian dam
for decades, argue that the massive hydroelectric project on the Xingu River
will devastate ...
Brazil's ambitious plans to build 30 dam
s in the Amazon basin could trump the country's efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest
, said a leading Amazon scientist speaking at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and ...
More than 150 new dam
s planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River
to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth's largest ...
Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam
on the Xingu River
is now under construction despite its many controversies. The Brazilian government has launched an unprecedented drive to dam
the Amazon’s tributaries, and Belo Monte is the spearhead for its efforts. ...
2011 was designated as "Year of the Forests" by the United Nations. While there was relatively little progress on intergovernmental forest protection programs during the year, a lot happened elsewhere. Below is a look at some of the biggest ...
Controversial Brazilian mega-dam receives investment of $1.4 billion
Brazil's most controversial mega-dam, Belo Monte, which is moving full steam ahead against massive opposition, has received an extra infusion of cash from Vale, a ...
Former US President, Bill Clinton, spoke out against Brazil's megadams at the 2nd World Sustainability Forum, which was also attended by former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and film director, James Cameron, who has been an ...
A recent injunction against controversial dam
, Belo Monte, in Brazil has been overturned, allowing the first phase of construction to go ahead. The ruling by a higher court argued that not all environmental conditions must be met on the dam
Three indigenous Amazonian leaders spent this week touring Europe to raise awareness about the threat that a number of proposed monster dam
s pose to their people and the Amazon forest. Culminating in a press conference and protests in London, the ...
Judge suspends Brazil's monster dam
: contractor 'imposing' its interests
Construction on Brazil's planned mega-dam, the Belo Monte, has been ordered suspended by a federal judge, citing unmet environmental and social conditions. Just ...
Half a million people sign petition against Belo Monte, Brazilian mega-dam
In a protest today in Brasilia, Brazil, indigenous people delivered a petition to authorities signed by 500,000 people calling on them to cancel the controversial ...
Chief financier of Belo Monte dam
ties social and environmental requirements to controversial project
The Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) has announced it will not grant a $640 million loan for the hugely controversial Belo ...
Arguably the most opposed dam
project in the world received the go-ahead this week, reports the BBC. Brazil's environmental agency, IBAMA, has approved the first step of the massive hydroelectric project: clearing 588 acres of rainforest
in the ...
"It's a fait accompli," acknowledges André Villas-Boas, head of the independent SocioEnvironmental Institute (ISA), resigned to the fact that the legal actions and protests have failed to block the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam
Brazil has approved the controversial construction of a giant hydroelectric dam
in the heart of the Amazon, defying a 20-year protest by indigenous and environmental campaigners who say that the project will devastate the surrounding rainforest
In James Cameron's newest film Avatar an alien tribe on a distant planet fights to save their forest home from human invaders bent on mining the planet. The mining company has brought in ex-marines for 'security' and will stop at nothing, not ...
The Xingu River
, the largest tributary of the Amazon, runs wide and swift this time of year. Its turquoise waters are home to some 600 species of fish, including several not found anywhere else on the planet. A thick emerald canopy of trees hugs ...
While this report is focused on the prospects for alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, it is useful to apply the above criteria first to oil, coal, and gas
so that comparisons can be made with their potential ...
For five days in May, hundreds of tribal people from the far reaches of the
Amazon Basin came together to protest plans for huge dam
s on the Xingu River
the largest tributary of the Amazon.
It was like being at a United Nations ...
Last year ended with the incongruous image of 10,000 politicians,
businessmen, activists and scientists from 190 countries emitting vast
quantities of greenhouse gas
es as they flew home from Bali clutching the bare
bones of a global ...