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Brazil says Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world's largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday.
"It is the lowest deforestation rate since Brazil began its monitoring in 1988"
- Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira

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Brazil says Amazon deforestation at record low

Source: AFP, Tue November 27, 2012
Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world's largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday.

Brazil humpback population on the rebound

Source: Terra Daily, Tue September 04, 2012
Last year, nearly 11,500 humpback whales were counted off the coast of Brazil -- a new record, the Baleia Jubarte Institute cheered Sunday in a report.

Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

Source: Fast Co Exist, Mon January 30, 2012
The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

Saving the Amazon: Winning the war on deforestation

Story contains video Source: BBC Magazine, Mon January 02, 2012
For years, the story told about the Amazon has been one of destruction - the world's largest rainforest, a region of amazing biodiversity, key to the fight against climate change, being remorselessly felled. But that is no longer the whole truth.

New program to compensate poor for environmental protection

Source: MongaBay, Tue September 13, 2011
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has introduced a new program, Bolsa Verde (Green Allowance), to compensate the poor for environmental protection, reports Globo News.

Brazilian Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Source: Triple Pundit, Sun August 28, 2011
Wind power in Brazil now costs less than natural gas. Brazil’s National Electric Power Agency held a series of energy auctions last week. During the auctions, 78 wind power projects, out of 92 projects, nabbed contracts.

Global Organizations Announce $8.4 Mil Grant to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

Source: Triple Pundit, Fri May 27, 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at least 4 million people who make a living off of recycling.

World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

Source: Mongbay, Fri April 29, 2011
The world's largest meat processor has agreed to stop buying beef from ranches associated with slave labor and illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to the public prosecutor's office in the state of Acre.

Moratorium on Amazon deforestation for soy production proving effective

Source: MongaBay, Mon March 07, 2011
The Brazilian soy industry's moratorium is proving effective at slowing deforestation for soy production in the Amazon rainforest, reveals a new study published in the journal Remote Sensing.

Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

Source: BBC, Sat February 26, 2011
A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns.

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