The Madeira River Complex

The Madeira River Complex - an enormous mega-project including the construction of four hydroelectric dams, extensive river dredging and opening of channels - threatens the ecological stability of the entire Madeira River and the livelihood of local communities. More

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In General Assembly, the Munduruku People Reaffirm Their Right to Be Consulted about Dams

In General Assembly, the Munduruku People Reaffirm Their Right to Be Consulted about Dams

April 9, 2015Ministério Público Federal Pará

Last week, the Munduruku people gathered more than 600 people in their General Assembly to discuss questions related to health, education, and the hydroelectric projects that the Brazilian federal government seeks to build on lands inhabited by more than 10,000 indigenous people.

Deforestation in the Amazon Aggravates Brazil’s Energy Crisis

April 6, 2015IPS

In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Deepening Drought Forces Brazil to Embrace Solar Power

Deepening Drought Forces Brazil to Embrace Solar Power

Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to solar power - dubbed "a fantasy" by the country's president just a few years ago. Now thousands of megawatts of floating solar panel "islands" are to be installed on dam reservoirs.

April 6, 2015The Ecologist

Brazil's devastating drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously.

Nobody Listened to Them: Fishing Communities to be Displaced by Dams Want a Say in Their Future

Nobody Listened to Them: Fishing Communities to be Displaced by Dams Want a Say in Their Future

March 30, 2015Agência Pública

With little or no help from the state, this is not the first time that the Tapajós ribeirinhos have faced a threat to their land and their way of life from projects coming from Brasília.

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

Declaration of the Xingu Alive Forever Movement

April 16, 2014Xingu Vivo

Belo Monte has not killed the resistance. Its cement has not blinded all people’s eyes, nor has its money bought all consciences. Its repression has not deadened courage or silenced mouths; its lies have not deafened all ears.

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Brazilian high court demands new environmental study, threatening to paralyze mega-dam

April 1, 2014Xingu Vivo

Judge José Batista heavily criticized Belo Monte, affirming, "The only concern [in this project] was economic, with a small amount of environmental [concern] and no social concern, especially in regards to indigenous peoples."

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

March 31, 2014NACLA

In recent months, Bolivia's Amazonian region has experienced the most disastrous flooding of the past 100 years. In the past weeks, attention has focused on the role played by two recently-inaugurated Brazilian mega-dams – the Jirau and the San Antonio – in Bolivia's floods.

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

March 13, 2014

Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." It is evident that the Brazilian government dismisses such wisdom.

Fiddling While the Amazon Burns

Keeping the world's biggest forest standing depends on greens, Amerindians and enlightened farmers working together – if lawmakers let them

December 3, 2011The Economist

Jaci-Paraná, Brazil – Drive out of Porto Velho, and you see the trouble the world's largest forest is in. Lorry after lorry trundles by laden with logs; charred tree-stumps show where ranchers burned what the loggers left behind; a few cattle roam sparsely through the scrubby fields. In places the acid subsoil shows through, sandy and bone-pale.

<em>Cachuela Esperanza:</em> Hope or Havoc on the Rio Madera?

Cachuela Esperanza: Hope or Havoc on the Rio Madera?

August 1, 2011

Though the name "Cachuela Esperanza" may include the word "hope" translated, this proposed megaproject will most likely mean disaster for the natural environment and indigenous population living near the Madera River Basin.

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