Guide to Brazil
Guide to Brazil
After the horse has bolted, Brazil's Navy locks the stable door
Feb 15, 2020
More than six months after the gigantic oil spill on the Brazilian coast—the causes of which are still unclear—the country’s Navy has introduced a requirement for vessels sailing in the open sea to transmit LRIT (Long Range Identification and...
Feb 14, 2020
Brazil’s indigenous handed a “death sentence” with new mining bill
A series of administrative changes and a...
Jan 29, 2020
Why indigenous lands are pivotal against climate change
Under threat from Bolsonaro, indigenous lands are guardians against...
Jan 27, 2020
What makes Brazil the lightning capital of the world?
Influenced by weather phenomena such as El Niño and...
Jan 25, 2020
One year on, Brumadinho still cries for justice
Walking on the streets of Brumadinho, the small town south-west of Brazil’s sixth-largest city Belo Horizonte, the overriding sensation is of a community in...
Jan 23, 2020
Solid waste could be a goldmine for Brazilian companies
Brazil's recycling policies and statistics have traditionally been poor, but waste collection companies indicate that firms around the country are missing out...
Jan 21, 2020
The real perpetrators of environmental crimes in Brazil
One year after flopping at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to skip the 2020 edition of the notorious...
Jan 19, 2020
Snake Island: the Brazilian rock known as the deadliest place on Earth
Forget kidnapping, mugging, police brutality, or the Zika virus. The most dangerous spot in Brazil is a tiny island due south of São Paulo....
Jan 08, 2020
Brazil’s cities getting hotter and hotter
A survey of average summer temperatures in Brazilian state capitals shows rising temperatures across the board
Dec 31, 2019
Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon
This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word...
Dec 18, 2019
Bolsonaro year 1: Environment
Of all the sectors of the Jair Bolsonaro government, the environment is perhaps the one which has undergone the most changes in 2019, a...
Dec 16, 2019
Oil stains in Brazil destroy local fishing industry
More than 100 days have passed since the first signs of oil were sighted on Brazil’s northeastern coast. This environmental crisis of as yet...
Dec 15, 2019
Foreign firms fined for environmental foul play
Since the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil has become something of an international pariah when it comes to environmental issues. The far-right sitting...
Dec 12, 2019
How did Brazil fare in the United Nations’ COP 25?
One would have to go to the back of the very last conference room to find the small stand housing the “Brazil Climate Action...
Dec 12, 2019
The indigenous ‘guardians’ giving their lives for their ancestral lands
On a clear enough day, you could probably see the indigenous territory of Araribóia from space. Not because of its size—at 4,130 square kilometers...
Dec 11, 2019
Bolsonaro’s land decree heaven for land-grabbers
Land-grabbing in Brazil goes by a curious name: grilagem, or “cricketing.” The story goes that as a way of making forged property titles seem...
Nov 27, 2019
Brazil seeking funds to manage climate change and natural disasters
This week, severe rains in the Northeastern city of Salvador caused around 300 people to be displaced as rivers burst their banks, homes were...
Nov 26, 2019
Sugarcane decree poses latest threat to Brazilian biodiversity
2019 has been a year to forget for Brazilian environmentalists. The dismantling of protection agencies, uptick in Amazon forest fires and freezing of indigenous...
Nov 19, 2019
What is driving Brazil’s Amazon deforestation rates up?
Published on Monday, Brazil’s official annual Amazon deforestation numbers show evidence of a long-anticipated tragedy. Between August 2018 and July 2019, the rainforest lost...
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