Dam Disaster Strikes Brazil

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

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 owned by the companies in the state of Minas Gerais in one of Brazil’s worst mining disasters. The government is increasingly concerned More...

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On September 16, 2015

Norway Helps Protect Amazon Rain Forest

The country of Norway is giving Brazil 1 billion dollars to protect the Amazon rain forest. In 2008, Norway made an agreement to contribute to Brazil’s Amazon Fund if the country could reduce the rate of More...

On September 10, 2015

Native Deaths Investigated

Brazilian federal police are investigating the apparent murder of an environmental activist who was defending a stretch of rain forest in the Gurupi reserve in the Amazon region. The death occurred in the state More...

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma
On August 24, 2015

Brazil Opens Latin America’s Tallest Environmental Tower

Brazil and Germany have opened the tallest environmental observation tower in Latin America, a 325-meter (1,065-foot) structure that will allow scientists to study the effects of climate change on the Amazon jungle. The More...

On June 30, 2015

First Elephant Sanctuary

Brazil will soon open Latin America’s first elephant sanctuary, and its first three residents will be retired circus animals in need of a safe haven. “The idea is to build an establishment like the More...

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On May 18, 2015

Big Business Supports the Battle Against Deforestation

Brazil is home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. As a result, expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest. However, a new study led by the University More...

On May 11, 2015

Brazilian Cerrado is Open for Business

South and east of Brazil’s famous Amazon, the air becomes dryer and the humid rainforest gives way to emerald green patches of irrigated pasture carved from scrubby woods and native grasslands. This is a More...

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On April 2, 2015

Amazon’s Biggest Destroyer Arrested

  Brazilian police have arrested the “biggest deforester” of the Amazon jungle, identified as Ezequiel Antônio Castanha, officials said this week. Castanha was arrested last Saturday in a joint operation More...

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On March 15, 2015
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Illegal Lumber from Brazil Seized in Europe

Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian lumber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the timber had been cut illegally and therefore violated Europe’s trade More...

On February 6, 2015
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Drought in Brazil – the Future Has Arrived

The role of tropical deforestation in global climate change has been the subject of much international discussion and debate in the media and in policy forums like the UN Climate Change Convention. However, the More...