Eye on the Amazon
  • Kicking the Habit: US and China Must Drop Fossil Fuel Addiction

    Kicking the Habit: US and China Must Drop Fossil Fuel Addiction

    November 13, 2014 – On Tuesday night the world's two biggest polluters – the US and China – announced a surprisingly ambitious climate deal. We should take a moment to celebrate this interim victory while realizing that it does not go nearly far enough in addressing climate change. Now it is our collective, global responsibility to ensure that both countries are serious about such a deal.

  • Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

    Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

    Mayalú Txucarramãe brings perspective from the Amazon to climate leaders, Al Gore in Brazil

    November 11, 2014 – "I worry for my children, for all our children and the future generations. Despite our fight to keep the earth in balance, to protect our territory and our tradition, the Amazon is in danger." Mayalú Kokometi Waura Txucarramãe addressed a diverse group of climate leaders, international experts, government officials and media at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • The March to Paris Goes Through Rio

    The March to Paris Goes Through Rio

    November 3, 2014 – Brazil still faces a number of obstacles to scaling a decentralized model for solar, most notably taxes and the lack of incentives for residential solar users to sell electricity back to the grid. But the country's history of innovation in the energy market proves these obstacles can be overcome.

  • A Rising North for the Amazon

    A Rising North for the Amazon

    October 31, 2014 – Growing up in the Amazon, it didn't cross my mind that one day I would be sitting in a Chelsea apartment in New York City writing about the importance of organized civil society movements and demanding that governments take action towards the protection of the only planet that we have.

  • Donny Rico Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due: Judge Kaplan

    Donny Rico Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due: Judge Kaplan

    October 30, 2014 – Chevron's retaliatory RICO case against the Ecuadorians and their lawyers would not have come about were it not for the generous suggestion of U.S. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan. Chevron spent millions upon millions filing cases against the Ecuadorians everywhere other than Ecuador once the company saw the verdict was about to come down, but when they met Kaplan, they hit pay dirt.

  • The Human Impact of the Belo Monte Dam Has Already Begun: Displacement and Despair in Altamira

    The Human Impact of the Belo Monte Dam Has Already Begun: Displacement and Despair in Altamira

    October 23, 2014 – Since the construction of the Belo Monte dam began, the city of Altamira has been in a state of "complete chaos in all social and public policy areas, especially health, public safety, and housing," says Antonia Melo, leader of the movement Xingu Alive Forever. "There has been rampant population growth as well as rises in drug abuse and child prostitution, among other forms of violence."

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