Brazil's Belo Monte Dam

The Brazilian government is moving ahead "at any cost" with plans to build the third-largest dam in the world and one of the Amazon's most controversial development projects – the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River. More

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Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

February 14, 2017

Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Reservoirs emit significant greenhouse gases planet-wide, study finds; researchers urge that new hydropower projects not be christened with green energy label

January 14, 2017Mongabay

"The new study confirms that reservoirs are major emitters of methane, a particularly aggressive greenhouse gas," said Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, adding that hydropower dams "can no longer be considered a clean and green source of electricity."

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

February 13, 2017

At Belo Monte, the writing is on the wall because, all over the Amazon, new dams are planned or being built. A key role in the protection of the forests, rivers and animals will now be played by the indigenous person.

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

January 29, 2017The Globalist

Brazil's government wants to build dams in Amazonia with "big reservoirs." That is quite a point of departure compared to the run-of-river dams that have dominated the country's planning and construction activity over the last two decades.

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

December 19, 2016

In Brazil, hydroelectric dams are a reflection of the system's problems: corruption, injustice and inequality.

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

December 9, 2016

Check out one of the stunning new films recently released about the Amazon and the heroic environmental defenders protecting it and defending us from climate change.

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

The builders of Brazil’s mega-dam on the Xingu River are accused with ethnocide – the ruin of native cultures, lifestyles and livelihoods. Displaced families are vigorously seeking justice.

December 8, 2016Mongabay

Hydropower is often touted as a climate-friendly source of energy, and Brazil has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest producers. Yet the human consequences of damming rivers have proven devastating. A prime example is seen in the charge of ethnocide lodged against the parties responsible for building the Belo Monte Dam.

Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making"

Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making"

Leading researchers call Brazil's plan for 40+ dams in Tapajós River Basin “devastating” – a threat to Amazon ecosystems, people and global climate

November 28, 2016Mongabay

Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans – development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity, ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate.

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

November 18, 2016

From North to South America and around the world, the ascendency of authoritarian leaders portends dangerous days ahead. Yet at the same time, remarkable stories continue to emerge of determined resistance to these brutal regressions, led by the continent's indigenous peoples from the Amazon to Standing Rock.

Belo Monte: After the Flood

Belo Monte: After the Flood

October 25, 2016

Belo Monte: After the Flood is a documentary exploring the effects of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the environment and peoples of the Brazilian city of Altamira and the Xingu River basin, a tributary to the Amazon River.

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