New Weapon in the Fight Against Illegal Logging


Brazil’s federal environmental agency, Ibama, launched this month the latest attack in its meagre arsenal of weapons to protect the environment. Ibama has created a centralized database to track timber from source to sale, a vital step in the fight against illegal logging in the Amazon region. The database tracking system, known as Sinaflor, More...

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On December 7, 2016

Riverboat Justice

The court clerk rose from his hammock onboard the riverboat in Itamatatuba, Brazil. The town sits at the mouth of the mighty Amazon River, just across the wide delta from Belém, where the Amazon ends its journey, More...

On October 20, 2016

Language of the Amazon

In the 1950s and 1960s, Brazil created the Xingu Indigenous Park, a roughly 2.64 million-hectare preserve that contains the Wauja tribe, among other tribes. The park is a green oasis surrounded by cleared land More...

On October 11, 2016

Elephant Sanctuary in Brazil

A group of international NGOs has announced it is opening the first elephant sanctuary in Latin America. The facility is located on a 1100-hectare farm (2700 acres) in the state of Mato Grosso. The sanctuary will More...

On May 11, 2016

Nuclear Bomb Survivors in Brazil

Seventy years ago, in August 1945, the United States used atomic weapons against Japan. On August 6 and August 9 a bomb fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is the only time atomic weapons have ever More...

On May 10, 2016

Hope in the Fight Against Zika

Ever since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil last year, scientists have suspected that the bacteria called Wolbachia might protect mosquitoes from the Zika virus. Now, researchers have confirmed this hunch, providing More...

Rosana Vieira Alves bathes her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, at their home in Olinda
On February 9, 2016

Brazil in the Zika Zone

Nothing is spreading faster than the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean except perhaps the stories about it. Sadly, a public health emergency is exactly what Brazil doesn’t need this week with More...

Doce River meets the ocean
On December 19, 2015

US Rock Band Helps Dam Disaster Victims

US rock group Pearl Jam performed in an outdoor concert in Brazil and made a surprising announcement during the show. The group’s singer, Eddie Vedder, interrupted a show Friday night in Belo Horizonte and announced More...

On November 18, 2015

“Rio” Hero Will Really Return to Brazil

The government has announced a plan to breed and raise as many as 150 Spix macaws, a bright blue bird that is native to Brazil but has not been seen in the wild in 15 years. The raising of the birds will be done More...

Debris is pictured in Bento Rodigues district which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, in Mariana
On November 12, 2015
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Dam Disaster Strikes Brazil

Brazil’s government said yesterday it may fine Australia mining giant BHP and Brazil’s Vale for the “environmental catastrophe” caused by ruptured dams last week at an iron ore mine jointly More...