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Brazil's Perfect Storm of Discontent

The protests roiling South America's biggest country are a reaction to an insensitive, unresponsive government

June 20, 2013 | Al Jazeera

The government's reaction to the protests have intensified the demonstrators' anger and given focus to a number of diffuse and relatively independent grievances.More »

World Is on Massive Hydroelectric Building Spree

World Is on Massive Hydroelectric Building Spree

June 18, 2013 | Sustainable Business.com

Before Japan's nuclear meltdown, it looked like the world could be ready for a nuclear renaissance, but it seems we are entering a big hydro renaissance instead.More »

Ecuadorian Locals Still Seeking Damages from Chevron for Environmental Damage

Ecuadorian Locals Still Seeking Damages from Chevron for Environmental Damage

June 17, 2013 | Public Radio International

Despite winning a long court battle, Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking repayment for environmental destruction have been unable to collect from Chevron, the company the indigenous people and their lawyers blame for the leaked oil contaminating the land and water.More »

Brazilian Indigenous Man Shot Dead in Mato Grosso do Sul

June 13, 2013 | BBC News

A Brazilian indigenous man has been shot dead in an area disputed by cattle ranchers and the Guarani ethnic group in western Mato Grosso do Sul state. Indigenous rights group Survival International said he was murdered by a gunman working for local ranchers.More »

Ecuadorian Amazon Oil Slick Heads Towards Peru

Ecuadorian Amazon Oil Slick Heads Towards Peru

Crude discharged after pipeline was ruptured by landslide has entered Napo river which flows across border

June 11, 2013 | The Guardian

An oil spill in the Ecuadorean Amazon is flowing downstream towards Peru and Brazil, heightening concerns about the impact of drilling in one of the world's last remaining wildernesses.More »

Brazil's Natives Protest Dam Construction

June 11, 2013 | AFP

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Indigenous activists occupied the headquarters of a government agency Tuesday to demand a voice in the construction of a controversial dam in the Amazon. "We want respect for the constitution in which the indigenous rights are clearly spelled out," said chief Valdenir Munduruku.More »

In Brazil, "Dammed" If You Do, Damned If You Don't

In Brazil, "Dammed" If You Do, Damned If You Don't

A new energy project promises economic benefits, but locals are less than thrilled with the externalities that come with it.

June 10, 2013 | The Atlantic

Deep in the Brazilian Amazon, the world's third-largest dam has had a rocky month. Two indigenous occupations and a worker's strike at the construction site of Belo Monte, Brazil's most expensive public project ever, have shown that the project may turn out to be far from the minimum-impact, socially responsible beacon of development that President Dilma Rousseff would like people to believe it is.More »

Indigenous Peruvians Protest State Oil Company Taking Over Their Land

Indigenous Peruvians Protest State Oil Company Taking Over Their Land

Members of the Achuar people say they won't allow Petroperu to enter their territory, but the company has other ideas

June 7, 2013 | The Guardian

"Our protest has many meanings," says FENAP's president, Peas Peas Ayui, speaking from San Lorenzo in the Amazon where FENAP has an office. "We're not going to let any company enter. We are the owners. We are the original inhabitants. We want to live in peace. We have the right to stand up for ourselves and if Petroperu tries to enter we will fight very hard against it."More »

Indigenous Brazilians Protest at President's Office

June 6, 2013 | AFP

Brazilia, Brazil – Native Brazilians who are embroiled in land feuds with white farmers and others opposed to construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon on Thursday took their grievances to the presidential palace.More »

Protests Over Brazil Hydropower Leads to Delays and Boosts Costs

Protests Over Brazil Hydropower Leads to Delays and Boosts Costs

June 5, 2013 | Businessweek

Protests by indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon region over hydroelectric projects are boosting costs for companies building dams, said Energy Minister Edison Lobao.More »

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