Brazil

Amazon deforestation 'at highest level in a decade'.

10,000 sq kms lost in year to August according to new data from Brazilian governmentDeforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jai...

How countries have reacted to Bolivia’s president stepping down.

Morales was first elected in 2006, making him the first indigenous president of Bolivia.

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No longer behind bars, Brazil’s ex-president says the left can win back the country in 2022.

He also called for solidarity with fellow South American countries and lambasted U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his border wall plan is unacceptable and aimed at keeping out poor people.

Freed Brazilian ex-president Lula speaks to jubilant supporters.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told a crowd of thousands that he did not have a ‘thirst for revenge’Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has addressed thousands of jubilant supporters outside a union headquarters a day after being relea...

Brazil's former president Lula walks free from prison after supreme court ruling.

Workers’ party leader had been held for 580 days for corruptionCourt rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhaustedBrazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been released from prison where he was serving a 12-year corruption se...

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'Death of a river': the ruinous design flaw in a vast Amazon rainforest dam.

Operator faces choice of weakening 14km barrier or potentially devastating a biodiversity hotspot The biggest hydroelectric project in the Amazon rainforest has a design flaw that poses a “very serious” threat to human life and globally important ...

Brazil Supreme Court Paves Way for Release of Ex-President ‘Lula’.

Brazil’s top court ruled that defendants may remain free while they exhaust appeals in criminal cases, a decision with far-reaching implications in corruption cases.

Lula: former Brazil president could be freed from jail after court ruling.

Court says people, including former president convicted in Car Wash scandal, can’t be jailed until all appeals are exhausted Brazil’s supreme court has reached a narrow decision that could release almost 5,000 inmates who are still appealing their...

Rightwing columnist smacks journalist Glenn Greenwald on Brazil radio show.

Greenwald has faced backlash from far-right after series of articles damaging to Jair Bolsonaro’s governmentBrazil’s bitterly divided politics reached a new low on Thursday, when a rightwing columnist smacked the US journalist Glenn Greenwald in t...

Brazil Had High Hopes for Its Big Oil Auction. They Went Bust.

It was billed as the largest oil auction in history, one expected to produce a windfall. But analysts say a high signing bonus scared away bidders.

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Human activities drying out the Amazon: NASA study

A new NASA study shows that over the last 20 years, the atmosphere above the Amazon rainforest has been drying out, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought. It also shows that this increase in dryness...

Brazil's flat Earthers to get their day in the sun

A first-ever conference in São Paulo will mark a high point for a theory that has thrived under the far-right President BolsonaroSiddhartha Chaibub’s suspicions that the Earth wasn’t really round were first aroused when he stumbled across a YouTub...

‘Guardian’ of the Amazon Killed in Brazil by Illegal Loggers.

His death comes as illegal miners, loggers and land grabbers are making more, and bolder, incursions into Indigenous land under the far-right Bolsonaro administration.

Lobo, guardian of the Amazon rainforest, killed by illegal loggers in Brazil.

Paul Paulino Guajajara, also known as Lobo, was ambushed by loggers who wanted to destroy his forest home, Indigenous leaders said.

Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming.

New supplies from Brazil, Canada, Guyana and Norway may add to a glut, posing a threat to producers in Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States.

Brazilian 'forest guardian' killed by illegal loggers in ambush.

Paulo Paulino Guajajara was killed by armed loggers in the Araribóia region in MaranhãoA Brazilian indigenous land defender has been killed in an ambush by illegal loggers in an Amazon frontier region.According to a statement by the Brazilian Indi...

In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money.

The thousands of fires set to clear land for cattle in Brazil’s rainforest are widely seen as an environmental disaster. Local ranch hands have more conflicted feelings.

Brazil police arrest man accused of being one of the world’s most prolific human traffickers.

Several arrests were made in Sao Paulo and in three other Brazilian cities.

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Brazil blames devastating oil spill on Greek-flagged tanker.

Ship carrying Venezuelan crude was only vessel in area at timeAttorney general’s office calls damage to coasts ‘immeasurable’A Greek-flagged ship carrying Venezuelan crude was the source of an oil spill which has tarred thousands of kilometers of ...

Brazilian president's son suggests using dictatorship-era tactics on leftist foes.

Eduardo Bolsonaro’s incendiary remarks prompted many across the political spectrum to condemn himVoices from across Brazil’s political spectrum have condemned the son of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, after he suggested hardline dictator...

Bolsonaro attacks 'putrid' media over Marielle Franco murder revelations.

Brazilian president seethes after investigation revealed suspects met at his compound before leftist politician’s murderBrazil’s far-right president has launched a seething pre-dawn assault on the “putrid” and “immoral” media after a report by the...

Video shows boy with cerebral palsy learning to skateboard.

"He's a boy like any other, and this story is about that," Lau Patrón said of her son.

Amazon rainforest 'close to irreversible tipping point'.

Forecast suggests rainforest could stop producing enough rain to sustain itself by 2021Soaring deforestation coupled with the destructive policies of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, could push the Amazon rainforest dangerously to an ...

Brazilians rally to clean beaches amid outrage at Bolsonaro's oil spill inaction.

Mystery surrounds origin of pollution in north-eastPresident suggests ‘criminal act’ aims to scupper rights tenderOn Monday evening, Sport Club Bahia – one of the biggest football teams in Brazil’s north-east – faced its rivals Ceará with black oi...

Why Did a Vow to End Amazon Fires Falter? Blame ‘Cattle Laundering’.

Many of the thousands of fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon are set by ranchers. A deal inked 10 years ago was meant to stop the problem, but the ecological arson goes on as the Earth warms.

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