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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.
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.
Plans to build new dam on the Tapajós River flout legal requirements for consultations with threatened communitiesSeptember 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.
New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five yearsSeptember 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.
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 arrestsSeptember 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.
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"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."
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.
"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.
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