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 the first solid evidence that releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes into the wild could help stop the Zika epidemic. “We are pretty More...

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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...

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...