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 of Maranhão on August 25. Raimundo dos Santos Rodrigues was a member of the Conselho Consultivo da Reserva Biológica do Gurupi – ReBio More...

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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...

Amazon Tour Arctic Sunrise (Brazil : 2003)
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...

On January 28, 2015

Environment versus Economy

Environmentalists on the front lines of climate diplomacy often frame the environmental conflict between the developed and the developing world as a version of the notorious battle between Lawrence Summers and More...

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On December 16, 2014

International Bird Rescue

A legend in the world of saving animals harmed by oil spills, Jay Holcomb, executive director of International Bird Rescue, was always eager to share his decades of field experience with the next generation of More...