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Glory Eclipsed by Shame at the Rio Summer Games: A Social and Environmental Review of Brazil in 2016

Rio Olympic Games Special Feature : Brazil, the good, the bad, and ugly  Brazil is a complex amalgam of sustainability successes alongside epic social and environmental fails. The interplay of heroes and villains in Brazilian society sometimes makes it hard to differentiate one from the other. Brazil is a study in contrasts as illustrated by the incongruous site of lavish…

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Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Threatens Forest, Wildlife, and Indigenous People

The Belo Monte dam project is now underway on the Xingu River in the Brazilian State of Pará.  The current dam project will flood native people’s lands and other land currently housing poor Brazilians in the City Altamira who all rely heavily on the river for their livelihood. The flooded forest will decompose and release methane gas into the atmosphere and…

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Musings of a Malcontent: What’s 157,000 gallons of oil a day between friends?

“Musings of a Malcontent” is a weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash I love the Internet. Well to be more precise, I love the freedom of the Internet. The fact that all kinds of amazing information is right there – assuming you can find it among the spam and porn – to help shape our understanding of what is…

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Dam Projects, Land Speculation Threaten Rise in Amazon Rainforest Loss

Brazil’s Amazon River and rainforest is under siege as large-scale hydroelectric projects and small-scale land speculation portend a sharp rise in deforestation rates and massive environmental degradation.

Mato Grosso is the center of soybean production and the rapid rise of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil

Brazil Forms “Crisis Counsel” in Response to Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold, according to recent satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later. Most of that deforestation is in the state of…

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The Choice to Move Forward on International Efforts to Address Global Warming

Every day a huge amount of oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in the US.  This is symbolic of the energy choices that we have made to date.  And it shows the dramatic implications of that energy choice.  But those energy choices are also having devastating impacts which are less visual but more damaging.  Rampant global warming is…

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Brazil, South Africa, India and China want Legally Binding Outcome in 2011 at the Latest

Ministers from four of the major emerging economies – Brazil, South Africa, India, and China (the “BASIC” group) – met over the weekend and through Monday to discuss the next steps in international efforts to address global warming.  These four countries played a critical role in Copenhagen and collectively account for around 30% of the world’s global warming pollution* so…

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