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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 Reverses Approval of Concession Auction for 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos Hydro Project

September 18, 2014HydroWorld

A day after a complaint by environmentalist lobbying groups, Brazil's mines and energy ministry revoked its approval of a concession auction to develop the Tapajos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tapajos River.

Brazil Suspends Auction for Tapajós Mega Hydro

September 17, 2014BNamericas

The Brazilian government has suspended the auction of the 6.1GW São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric plant earmarked for December. The announcement comes a day after environmental lobby group Amazon Watch accused Brazil of "flouting" international law by failing to properly consult local communities about the project.

Brazil's Announcement to Auction New Amazon Mega-dam Provokes Outrage

Plans to build new dam on the Tapajós River flout legal requirements for consultations with threatened communities

September 16, 2014

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – In a precipitous move last Friday, Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy set December 15th as the date to auction the construction of the massive São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the first in a series of large dams slated for construction on the Tapajós River, one of the Amazon's largest tributaries.

Destruction of Brazilian Amazon Spikes by Almost a Third

Destruction of Brazilian Amazon Spikes by Almost a Third

New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five years

September 11, 2014Al Jazeera

The rate of destruction blighting the world's largest rain forest spiked by nearly a third last year, according to new data released by the Brazilian government.

Amazon Deforestation "Halted" after Key Arrests

The Public Prosecutor in Pará state, which accounts for a large area of Amazon rainforest, tells the Anadolu Agency that deforestation has been reduced to zero in areas where an operation targeting key business figures behind illegal logging netted critical arrests

September 11, 2014World Bulletin

The Public Prosecutor in Pará state, which accounts for a large area of Amazon rainforest, tells the Anadolu Agency that deforestation has been reduced to zero in areas where an operation targeting key business figures behind illegal logging netted critical arrests.

With Deep Gratitude

With Deep Gratitude

September 10, 2014

The last eighteen years have been an incredible journey. Together we have helped protect millions of acres of pristine rainforest and have stood with indigenous peoples as they fought for and strengthened their rights. With our partners, we have won globally significant victories for rainforests and corporate accountability.

Belo Monte's Delay Challenges Accountability in the Amazon

Belo Monte's Delay Challenges Accountability in the Amazon

August 24, 2014

"Used to blaming all of the problems and postponements of project developers on [the environmental agency] IBAMA and [indigenous agency] FUNAI, developers tend to hide their own technical incompetence behind alleged delays in environmental licensing."

Large Dams Just Aren't Worth the Cost

Large Dams Just Aren't Worth the Cost

August 22, 2014New York Times

One reason this dynamic has been overlooked is that earlier studies evaluated dams' economic performance by considering whether international lenders like the World Bank recovered their loans – and in most cases, they did. But the economic impact on host countries was often debilitating.

Hydroelectric Power Damaging World Rivers, Study Shows

August 22, 2014Forbes

"State of the World's Rivers", an online interactive by International Rivers, illustrates just how dams have impacted rivers from the Mississippi to the Amazon, the Danube to the Yangtze.

A Brave Call from the "Dalai Lama of the Amazon"

A Brave Call from the "Dalai Lama of the Amazon"

August 11, 2014

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