Environment

One year after flopping at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to skip the 2020 edition of the notorious gathering of big business, political leaders, and key members of academia. Without Mr. Bolsonaro in...

EnvironmentJan 19, 2020

Snake Island: the Brazilian rock known as the deadliest place on Earth

Forget kidnapping, mugging, police brutality, or the Zika virus....

EnvironmentJan 08, 2020

Brazil’s cities getting hotter and hotter

A survey of average summer temperatures in...

EnvironmentDec 31, 2019

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

This year, I was on the judging panel for...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment 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...

Environment Nov 05, 2019

What if the Amazon rainforest disappeared?

With the concern raised by the boom in forest fires earlier this year linked to deforestation, the environmental contribution of the Amazon to our...

Environment Nov 02, 2019

What we know about the ship which allegedly caused Brazil oil spill

On Friday, Brazilian federal marshals carried out Operation Stain, which investigates the origin and responsibility for the massive oil spill that has plagued the...

Environment Oct 30, 2019

Brazil’s mistakes in containing massive oil spill

For the past two months, the Northeast of Brazil has been battling a massive oil spill. Since the first reports, over 250 locations—and at...

Environment Oct 27, 2019

China’s Brazilian beef demand linked to Amazon deforestation risk

Porto Velho is one of the biggest cities in the Brazilian Amazon but it still feels like a small town. There is little traffic...

Environment Oct 22, 2019

City in Brazil’s south to become “Pesticide Free Zone”

The southern city of Florianópolis will be the first Brazilian city to ban pesticides within its municipal limits. A law approved by the city...

Environment Oct 21, 2019

Locals take oil spill cleanup into their own hands

“I had oil all over my hands, arms, and legs. I didn’t know what to do. I washed it off with soap and then...
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