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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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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."

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.

Brazil Reverses Approval of Concession Auction for Tapajos Hydro Project

Brazil Reverses Approval of Concession Auction for 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.

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