The Xingu River and Its People

For hundreds of years, the Xingu River basin has been home to a cross-section of Brazilian life, made up of rural and urban communities. The region reveals a diverse conglomeration of people, with varying levels of multilingualism and acculturation to the Brazilian mainstream. More

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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.

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

December 9, 2016

Check out one of the stunning new films recently released about the Amazon and the heroic environmental defenders protecting it and defending us from climate change.

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

Brazil's Dispossessed: Belo Monte Dam Ruinous for Indigenous Cultures

The builders of Brazil’s mega-dam on the Xingu River are accused with ethnocide – the ruin of native cultures, lifestyles and livelihoods. Displaced families are vigorously seeking justice.

December 8, 2016Mongabay

Hydropower is often touted as a climate-friendly source of energy, and Brazil has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest producers. Yet the human consequences of damming rivers have proven devastating. A prime example is seen in the charge of ethnocide lodged against the parties responsible for building the Belo Monte Dam.

Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making"

Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making"

Leading researchers call Brazil's plan for 40+ dams in Tapajós River Basin “devastating” – a threat to Amazon ecosystems, people and global climate

November 28, 2016Mongabay

Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans – development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity, ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate.

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.

Belo Monte: After the Flood

Belo Monte: After the Flood

October 25, 2016

Belo Monte: After the Flood is a documentary exploring the effects of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the environment and peoples of the Brazilian city of Altamira and the Xingu River basin, a tributary to the Amazon River.

Amazon Watch 20th Anniversary Gala

Amazon Watch 20th Anniversary Gala

October 7, 2016

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us at our 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday in San Francisco, where we shared food, music, dancing, and inspiring words about our last 20 years and our vision for the years to come supporting indigenous peoples and protecting the Amazon.

An Indigenous Community's Battle To Save Their Home in the Amazon – In Pictures

An Indigenous Community's Battle To Save Their Home in the Amazon – In Pictures

September 23, 2016The Guardian

There are currently over 60 major hydroelectric dam projects in the Amazon. The third largest project is the Belo Monte on the Xingu River, Brazil, which has already displaced 20,000 indigenous and riverine people.

Brazil's New Government Needs Economic Growth and May Sacrifice the Amazon To Get It

Brazil's New Government Needs Economic Growth and May Sacrifice the Amazon To Get It

September 7, 2016The Conversation

The impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff, coup or not, represents a fundamental realigning of modern Brazil. For some in the country, the crisis is an opportunity. These politicians and businessmen are now exploiting the upheaval to roll-back environmental laws and get their hands on the vast natural resources found in protected regions of the Amazon.

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