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Brazil's remote Amazon heartlands are currently threatened by intensive industrial development plans that include the creation of massive hydroelectric dams, natural gas and petroleum extraction projects, and industrial waterways to transport natural resources. More

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Elections in Brazil: a Win for Rousseff, and China

Now that president Dilma Rousseff has won re-election, Chinese investment in Brazilian energy and agriculture looks set to keep booming

October 27, 2014Chiina Dialogue

“China sees electricity from Brazil's Amazon dams as part of a supply chain delivering energy-intensive aluminum and steel directly from a region rich in these resources.”

Sao Paulo Running Out of Water as Rain-Making Amazon Vanishes

Sao Paulo Running Out of Water as Rain-Making Amazon Vanishes

South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon

October 24, 2014Reuters

São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year. One of the causes of the crisis may be more than 2,000 kilometers away, in the growing deforested areas in the Amazon region.

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, 2014Development Progress

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."

New Power for Bad, Old Habits? Why Brazil Must Change Its Energy Path

New Power for Bad, Old Habits? Why Brazil Must Change Its Energy Path

October 21, 2014Development Progress

There is an urgent need to, as another Brazilian energy expert has said, ‘open up and manage a debate on the country’s energy path’, including the future contribution of hydropower. A more open and transparent decision-making process with robust, independent review would increase the political legitimacy of decisions.

Amazon Deforestation Spikes 190 Percent After Long Reported Decline

October 20, 2014ThinkProgress

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is up 190 percent for the months of August and September compared to the same period last year according to the non-profit Imazon, which monitors deforestation via satellite imagery.

Brazil's Tapajós River Dam Complex: Lessons from the Failures of Belo Monte

Brazil's Tapajós River Dam Complex: Lessons from the Failures of Belo Monte

October 16, 2014Development Progress

Given the growing scrutiny of Brazil's dam-building boom, the Tapajós River is now a key battleground in the global debate on the true costs of our development model and its fate could determine the future of the Amazon region.

Brazil's Proposed Mega-Dam Auction Provokes Outrage, Indigenous Fight

October 3, 2014Indian Country Today

When Brazil announced plans September 12 to build a new dam on the Tapajós River, they violated their own legal requirements to comply with a process of free, prior, and informed consultation with threatened indigenous and traditional communities.

Brazil Waffles on Indigenous Rights and Dams in the Amazon

Brazil Waffles on Indigenous Rights and Dams in the Amazon

October 3, 2014

If the Belo Monte disaster set a grim paradigm for human rights and environmental protection in the Amazon, then the manic race to dam the nearby Tapajós River confirms that the Brazilian government will stop at nothing to produce energy at any and all cost.

Brazilians March for Clean Energy Not Mega-Dams

Brazilians March for Clean Energy Not Mega-Dams

October 1, 2014

Last Sunday the world – and likely you, our readers – took notice as powerful actions took place in over 2,000 locations around the world for the People's Climate March. Where I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 400 people braved pouring rain, marching for hours as we called for clean energy, not mega-dams in the Amazon.

Big Dams Are Not Clean Energy Sources

An open letter signed by 52 NGOs working in Latin America

September 22, 2014

As critical climate negotiations take place this week in New York, Amazon Watch joined a coalition of 52 NGOs working in Latin America to insist that large dams should not be considered a clean energy source, nor an energy solution to climate change.

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