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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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Brazil's Arrested Forest Kingpin Isn't the Only Problem Facing the Amazon

Brazil's Arrested Forest Kingpin Isn't the Only Problem Facing the Amazon

February 27, 2015VICE News

"We're concerned that deforestation will continue unabated despite the fact that [Castanha]'s been arrested," Christian Poirier, said the Brazil-EU Advocacy Coordinator for the forest and indigenous rights protection group Amazon Watch. "There've been arrests made. There've been some serious attempts to break up these [deforestation] mafias. But I'm afraid that the structures that allow this to happen, which is to say the lack of governance and the signals that are coming from the central government in Brazil ... are all sending signals that [deforestation] is going to be tolerated."

Amazon Deforestation Soars After a Decade of Stability

February 27, 2015New Scientist

Deforestation in the Amazon has skyrocketed in the past half a year, according to analysis of satellite images issued by Brazil's non-profit research institute, IMAZON.

Investor's Eye on the Amazon - Winter 2015

Winter 2015

In our Winter 2015 issue, we bring you the latest updates and investor risks associated with companies operating or investing in the Amazon region.

Dams or Indigenous Land: The Battle over the Munduruku Frontier

Dams or Indigenous Land: The Battle over the Munduruku Frontier

February 20, 2015Mongabay.com

The Munduruku indigenous tribe have begun to mark out the limits of their land, in an action that could halt the giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the apple of the Brazilian government's eye.

Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

February 18, 2015

It's carnival time in Brazil, but for people of the Xingu there is no time to celebrate. Three years after construction initiated on Belo Monte dam, the consortium used the distraction of carnival to request an Operating License.

Here's Why Deforestation in the Amazon May Bring More Frequent, More Intense Droughts to Brazil

February 5, 2015VICE News

As reservoirs shrink and taps run dry in Brazil's worst ever water crisis, some scientists are making a connection between Amazonian deforestation and the monster drought.

Reflections on the Xingu: A Campaigner's Return to the Amazon

Reflections on the Xingu: A Campaigner's Return to the Amazon

February 3, 2015

The battle against Belo Monte is far from over, as last week's protests illustrate. Many lessons have been learned, steeling resistance and resilience for the coming clash over the government's plans to wreck the spectacular Tapajós.

Siemens Linked to Major Rights Abuses Across Americas

German technology giant confronted with proof of wrongdoing at annual shareholder meeting

January 27, 2015

Munich, Germany – Dozens of protestors from a coalition of German and international organizations converged today on the shareholder meeting of leading German corporation Siemens to condemn the company's role in egregious human rights violations from Brazil to Mexico.

Looking Back in Brazil, Onward in 2015!

Looking Back in Brazil, Onward in 2015!

January 20, 2015

As 2015 kicks off, it's important to reach out to our supporters and followers and to take a moment to assess our work last year and take a peek at the year to come.

Battle for the Tapajós: Brazil's Construction of Hydroelectric Dams Threatens the Munduruku People

January 9, 2015Global Voices

The removal of indigenous peoples is prohibited by Article 231 of the Brazilian Constitution. In the project's defense, the government argues that since Sawré Muybu was never officially demarcated it cannot be recognized as Munduruku land – provoking the wrath of warriors and village chiefs all across the Tapajós basin.

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