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Founded in 2011 by women journalists, Agência Pública is the first non-profit agency for investigative journalism in Brazil. Their courageous public-interest reports have been republished by over 900 outlets in the past year, under Creative Commons agreements. You can find English translations of our collaborative picks from Agência Pública’s coverage, below.

Brazil: the climate change disinformation business

Brazil's rural associations, media outlets and digital channels provide a platform for scientists who espouse climate misinformation.

Brazil: offshore oil threatens coral reef

South America's largest coral reef will be at risk of destruction if drilling for up to 30 million barrels of oil off the coast of Maranhão is authorised. Also under threat will be the longest continuous stretch of mangrove in the world, which runs from the Maranhão coastline to the northern state of Amapá

Fighting illegal mining in Yanomami territory

Agência Pública chronicles the work of Brazil's environmental protection agency, IBAMA, to root illegal miners out of the territory of the Yanomami people -- in an effort to fulfil Lula's pledge of action

Brazil: palm oil producers launch an avalanche of litigation

Oil palm producer Brazilian Biofuels is accused of violating land rights and using violence against those who oppose its intrusion onto indigenous and quilombo lands. Its response has been to launch a wave of law suits targeting protestors, prosecutors and even the police

Brazil: new farms occupy indigenous land

Since 2020, more than 400 farms located inside Indigenous territories have been granted titles thanks to a new ruling from the National Indian Foundation (Funai), now heavily influenced by agribusiness. New ruling IN-09 allows farms located inside unratified Indigenous Territories to be certified and registered in the Federal Land Management System.

Cross-border traffic in coca and labour

Peruvian coca farmers are actively recruiting Brazilian indigenous workers from the Alto Salimöes region to harvest and transport coca. Violence and exploitation are rife.

Brazil: fighting desertification in Paraíba

In Brazil’s semi-arid northeast, family farmers are using technology and collective resource management to fight climate change and environmental degradation.

Brazil: Exxon Mobil sparks oil spill fears

U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil is seeking to drill 11 wells in a marine area near the estuary of the São Francisco River in eastern Brazil. 52 conservation areas and a barrier reef are affected. The company has started training local fishermen to deal with any spill. Local communities are not being properly consulted.

Brazil: I skip meals to feed my children

Single mothers who raise their families alone were hit face on by the loss of jobs and income; women are always the last to eat.

Poisoned city: Brazil’s forgotten environmental disaster

Hundreds of tons of carcinogenic agrochemicals, including DDT, were abandoned by the Brazilian government at a factory near an orphanage on the outskirts or...

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