Free Tapajós!

Following in the footsteps of the Madeira Complex and Belo Monte mega-dam development, the Brazilian government aims to bring an unsustainable energy model to the Tapajós River and its principal tributaries – the Teles Pires, Jamanxim and Juruena rivers. More

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Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

What's behind the Rural Coalition attack on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school? Rio's Carnival has attracted the kind of hatred indigenous people have known for decades.

February 22, 2017Latin America Bureau

Imperatriz Leopoldinense probably had no idea where it would lead them when they chose to speak out about the Xingu, but they chose the right path. Because today, to defend the Brazilian Indian is to defend the future of our country.

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

February 14, 2017

Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Reservoirs emit significant greenhouse gases planet-wide, study finds; researchers urge that new hydropower projects not be christened with green energy label

January 14, 2017Mongabay

"The new study confirms that reservoirs are major emitters of methane, a particularly aggressive greenhouse gas," said Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, adding that hydropower dams "can no longer be considered a clean and green source of electricity."

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

February 13, 2017

At Belo Monte, the writing is on the wall because, all over the Amazon, new dams are planned or being built. A key role in the protection of the forests, rivers and animals will now be played by the indigenous person.

Brazil Alters Indigenous Land Demarcation Process, Sparking Conflict

Brazil Alters Indigenous Land Demarcation Process, Sparking Conflict

Brazil has shifted authority over demarcation of indigenous lands from Funai, its Indian agency, to the Justice Ministry, amid indigenous rights group protests

February 2, 2017Mongabay

With the issuance of a federal decree in mid-January, Brazil's government announced major changes to the procedure by which it formally demarcates indigenous lands – a move applauded by the ruralistas industrial agriculture lobby and large landowners, but greeted with alarm by indigenous land rights activists.

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

Brazil's Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Its Paris Climate Commitments

January 29, 2017The Globalist

Brazil's government wants to build dams in Amazonia with "big reservoirs." That is quite a point of departure compared to the run-of-river dams that have dominated the country's planning and construction activity over the last two decades.

Battle for the Amazon: Tapajós Basin Threatened by Massive Development

Battle for the Amazon: Tapajós Basin Threatened by Massive Development

Brazil's soy farmers, international commodity traders, and Brasilia want to turn the Tapajós Basin into an industrialized commodities export corridor, building dozens of dams, roads and a railway

January 3, 2017Mongabay

Carlos Fávaro's dream of turning the Tapajós River into "Brazil's Mississippi" is now within the grasp of Brazil's agribusinessmen – with only indigenous people, traditional riverine communities, environmentalists and the ever-increasing concern of climate scientists about the damage that will be done to the forest, and thus indirectly to the global climate, standing in their way.

Temer Government Set To Overthrow Brazil's Environmental Agenda

Temer Government Set To Overthrow Brazil's Environmental Agenda

Brazil’s powerful agribusiness lobby is pushing a raft of new laws to set back environmental and indigenous protections by 30 years

December 21, 2016Mongabay

Brazil's conservative National Congress has rushed to pass a wave of legislative initiatives, which taken all together, would dismantle much of the nation's body of law protecting the environment and indigenous people – an effort likely to escalate in 2017.

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

Brazil's Dam Menace Looms Large Despite Recent Victory

December 19, 2016

In Brazil, hydroelectric dams are a reflection of the system's problems: corruption, injustice and inequality.

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

Victories by Brazil's Indigenous Movement Demonstrate Ways To Resist Authoritarianism

November 18, 2016

From North to South America and around the world, the ascendency of authoritarian leaders portends dangerous days ahead. Yet at the same time, remarkable stories continue to emerge of determined resistance to these brutal regressions, led by the continent's indigenous peoples from the Amazon to Standing Rock.

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