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Amazon Deforestation Threatens South America Water Security

Climate News Network: The continued destruction of the Amazon to exploit its resources for mining, agriculture and hydro-power is threatening the future of the South American continent, according to a report by campaigning groups using the latest scientific data. Five countries–Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru–share the Amazon, and for all of them the forest area occupies more than 40 percent of their territory. All face threats to their water supply, energy production, food and health Continue reading

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Brazil’s Rousseff surveys flood damage in home state

Herald Tribune: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flew over flood-ravaged areas in her native state of Minas Gerais on Friday and announced more humanitarian aid for the victims of the torrential rains that up to now have left 41 people dead in the southeastern part of the country. “It’s terrible,” the head of state told reporters, along with Minas Gerais Gov. Continue reading

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Brazil: Belo Monte dam suspended

Mongabay: Construction on Belo Monte, Brazil’s largest dam, was again halted by a federal court due to concerns over its license, reports Amazon Watch, an NGO that is mobilizing opposition to the project. “Last week the Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region (TRF-1) accepted a request made by public prosecutors of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and suspended the installation license (LI- Licença de Instalação) which had authorized the start of construction sites of the Belo Monte Hydroelelctric Dam… Continue reading

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Biofuels: have we lost the plot?

Guardian: I am in the African agriculture sector providing farming machinery and spare parts to my customers in Africa. I have also spent lots of time out there in Nigeria, Zambia and other places on farms. In Brazil, where there is a big sugar cane industry, biofuel is produced as a by-product which is an excellent idea Continue reading

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Biofuels: have we lost the plot?

Guardian: I am in the African agriculture sector providing farming machinery and spare parts to my customers in Africa. I have also spent lots of time out there in Nigeria, Zambia and other places on farms. Continue reading

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Indigenous Brazilians Learn to Fight for the Right to Food

Inter Press Service: – Indigenous communities in remote areas of Brazil have begun to recognise that they have the right to not be hungry, and are learning that food security means much more than simply having food on the table. Rosiléia Cruz, 19, dreams of studying journalism Continue reading

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Fewer Rain Forests Mean Less Energy for Developing Nations, Study Finds

New York Times: The loss of tropical rain forests is likely to reduce the energy output of hydroelectric projects in countries like Brazil that are investing billions of dollars to create power to support economic growth. Continue reading

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Fewer Rain Forests Mean Less Energy for Developing Nations, Study Finds

New York Times: The loss of tropical rain forests is likely to reduce the energy output of hydroelectric projects in countries like Brazil that are investing billions of dollars to create power to support economic growth. That is the conclusion of a group of experts whose findings, released Monday, run counter to the conventional understanding of deforestation’s impact on watersheds. Continue reading

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Amazon clearance for agriculture is ‘economic own goal’ for Brazil

Guardian: Brazil is at risk of scoring an economic own goal if it continues clearing Amazon forest for herding and soya production, according to a new study that has potential implications for global food security. In recent decades, the conversion of vast tracts of the Amazon into pastures and farm fields has boosted the national economy and played a major role in meeting rising world demand for beef and grain, particularly soyabeans – for which Brazil overtook the US this year as the number one supplier…. Continue reading

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Brazil: Amazon Indians occupy controversial dam to demand a say

Reuters: Amazon Indians on Friday refused to end their occupation of a building site that has partially paralyzed work on the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam for two days. Some 200 people from various indigenous groups occupied one of three construction sites of the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River on Thursday, halting work by 3,000 of the 22,000 workers on the project. Continue reading

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