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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

Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre

a us act bans trade in timber that violates any foreign law
A US Act bans trade in timber that violates any foreign law. Photograph: Jose Caldas/Brazil Photos/Getty Images

Greenpeace alleges 12 companies continued to trade with Madeireira Cedroarana after its founder was accused of ordering torture and murder

November 23, 2017 — More than a dozen US and European companies have been importing timber from a Brazilian logging firm whose owner is implicated in one of the most brutal Amazonian Continue reading Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre

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 backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

renca reserve, brazil
Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

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

Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river

unique coral reef
The unique reef system astonished marine biologists when its existence was widely revealed last year. Photograph: Greenpeace

Oil companies planning to drill near mouth of the river have calculated that the ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of a spill

July 4, 2017 — Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. Continue reading Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

macapa, brazil
A strip of forest separates a eucalyptus plantation from cleared land, 40 miles north of Macapa, Brazil. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister

June 22, 2017 — Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday. Continue reading Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

New ‘disturbance map’ shows damaging effects of forest loss in Brazilian Amazon

burned forest
Recently burned forest in Pará state. Forest degradation is the thinning of tree density and the culling of biodiversity below an apparently protected canopy. Photograph: Flavio Forner/Xibé/InfoAmazonia

Silent Forest Project map reveals urgent need for conservation protections — ‘It is terrifying to see the Amazon degraded to this extent,’ scientist says

June 20, 2017 — As Brazil’s government steps back from Amazon conservation, the urgent need for stronger protection has been made more apparent by a new data map that highlights the knock- Continue reading New ‘disturbance map’ shows damaging effects of forest loss in Brazilian Amazon

Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

high tides
High tides lash Mumbai on the western Indian coast. A sea level rise of 5-10cm could double the flood risk. Photograph: Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty

Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists

May 18, 2017 — Small but inevitable rises in sea level will double the frequency of severe coastal flooding in most of the world with dire consequences for major cities that sit on coastlines, according to scientists. Continue reading Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

copacabana beach
The increasing frequency of storms is hindering the beaches’ ability to recuperate, leading to erosion along stretches of the shoreline at Copacabana beach and others. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defenses are ill-equipped to cope

November 1, 2016 — Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, Continue reading Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning