Sunday, September 19, 2021
São José is a currutela, a village of gold-panners. Life is precarious but until recently there was some stability and community spirit.
In the early 2000s, public outrage over Amazon clear cutting for soy production caused transnational grain companies including Cargill, Bunge and Brazil’s Amaggi, to join with soy producers and environmental NGOs including Greenpeace to sign the voluntary Amazon Soy Moratorium, banning direct conversion of Amazon forests to soy after 2006. The agreement’s signatories have long proclaimed its phenomenal...
Main image: Gamela indigenous people talk to police after the brutal attack by farmers in Maranhão state, Brazil. Photo: Ana Mendes/Indigenous Missionary Congress (CIMI) SÃO PAULO, 9 May, 2017 − A recent violent attack on a group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest of northern Brazil is seen by environmentalists as a symptom of a new climate of hostility...

Brazil: the road to progress?

Remarkable 1970 footage has been found of the Brazilian dictator, General Medici, celebrating the felling of Brazil nut trees to announce the arrival of progress to the ‘Amazonian vacuum’
The battle for the Amazon is being fought over two opposing viewpoints: the first, mostly held by indigenous and traditional people and their conservationist allies, sees forests and rivers as valuable for their own sake, and for the livelihoods, biodiversity, ecological services and climate change mitigation they provide. For them the forests need protection. The second worldview holds...
The company in charge of environmental impact studies for hydro-electric plants on the Tapajos river does not like journalists.
According to 2014 data for Legal Amazonia, 59 percent of that year’s illegal deforestation occurred on privately held lands, 27 percent in conservation units, 13 percent in agrarian reform settlements, and a mere 1 percent on indigenous lands — demonstrating that indigenous land stewards are the best at limiting deforestation. Indigenous groups control large reserves in the Amazon...
In the fifth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford continues eastwards along the Transamazônica highway to the town of Altamira, which, due to the Belo Monte hydroelectric power station, is expanding at a momentous rate.
Na segunda de seis postagens, Sue Branford fala de uma área onde a criação de uma unidade de conservação ambiental coloca comunidades tradicionais sob o risco de perder o território onde vivem há gerações. Tradução: Maria Luíza Camargo. A matéria original, em inglês, pode ser lida aqui no LAB: ou no Mongabay.  Em janeiro 2016, a jornalista britânica Sue...
Horrific events in Pedrinhas prison expose the pernicious effects of the 50-year reign of the Sarney family in Maranhao

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