Thursday, 01 December 2011 06:03

Brazil: Protect Your Forests

This article was originally published in ECO from the international climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa As the world tries to find ways to reduce global emissions, Brazil is on the verge of igniting a real carbon bomb. A bill to change the country’s Forest Law is about to be approved, resulting in the increase of deforestation by reducing protected areas, removing the obligations for the restoration of cleared areas, and pardoning loggers. The proposed bill will be sent to President Dilma Roussef for final consideration in coming weeks.
Published in Amazon
At a press conference, Andre Correa Lago, the ambassador and principal negotiator for Brazil at the COP17, claimed that the new Forest Code would not affect goals for reducing deforestation.
By Carlos Henrique Fioravanti* A study by Oxford University about media coverage of climate change in six countries indicates that newspapers from Brazil, France, India and China have given less space to climate skeptics than the American and British press.
Poles Apart is a wide-ranging comparative study on the prevalence of climate scepticism in the media around the world. It focuses on newspapers in Brazil, China, France, India, the UK, and the USA, but includes an overview of research on the media of other countries. A wealth of new data is drawn from around 3,000 recent articles on climate change from two newspapers in each of the six countries. It concludes that climate scepticism is largely an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon, found most frequently in the US and British newspapers, and explores the reasons why this is so. The study also examines whether climate sceptics are more likely to appear in right leaning than left-leaning newspapers, and in which parts of a newspaper their voices are most heard.
By Ana Karine Pereira* The Belo Monte dam will be constructed in the Xingu River basin in the state of Pará.The Xingu is one of the Amazon’s two principal tributaries and includes 14% of Brazil’s hydroelectric potential. The dam will be placed on the Big Bend of the Xingu, where there is a 96 meter fall in water level. Belo Monte will be located close to Altamira and the Transamazon highway, in an area characterized by native forest, fishing, and agriculture.
Published in Renewable Energy
Published in Biodiversity
The following book list includes texts focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean and climate change and the environment. The books address some of the most critical socio-environmental issues of the day with important implications for regional and national debates on climate. In the build up to the Rio+20 Conference next year, Latin American civil society organizations and regional and international networks are attempting to make this conference relevant and establish a new and revitalized agenda on sustainable development. These books can make a valuable contribution to that endeavour.
Published in Biodiversity
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