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Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

the itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant
The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

the seventh of september reserve in rondônia, brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016
The Seventh of September reserve in Rondônia, Brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016. Photograph: Craig Stennett/Alamy Stock Photo

Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation

September 27, 2017 — The Paiter-Suruí are a tribe of roughly 1,400 people, uncontacted until 1969, who live in the Amazon forest on the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso. Continue reading How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

renca reserve
Critics fear the Renca reserve could suffer a similar fate as this land near the Parque Nacional Motanhas do Tumucumaque, Brazil, now home to a gold and iron mine. Photograph: Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace

Brazilian president has dissolved Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold, with critics warning of irreversible damage

August 24, 2017 — The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest. Continue reading Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years