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Shale gas exploration in the Parana basin, Brazil

Introduction Shale gas is methane (natural gas) that is trapped underground in impermeable shale rock. For this reason, shale gas does not flow through the rock like conventional natural gas, so …

The Eucalyptus monoculture in São Luiz do Paraitinga, São Paulo, Brazil

Introduction São Luiz do Paraitinga (Figure 1) is a city located in the Valley of Paraíba in the São Paulo area. The municipality covers an area of 617 km² (Oliveira, 2011) …

Deforestation, inter-ethnic conflicts and violence in Gleba Nova Olinda, Pará, Brazil,

Introduction The Gleba Nova Olinda covers a total area of about 87,000 hectares (ha) and is located in the municipality of Santarém, Pará state, Brazil. It is composed of state public …

Will Brazil turn the country into a factory of genetically modified trees?

By the World Rainforest Movement. Will the Brazilian government give a permit to plant genetically modified eucalyptus trees on a commercial scale? That’s the breakthrough expected by Suzano, one of the …

Socio-environmental valuation and liabilities. What strategies for environmental justice organisations?

Ejolt report 13: Socio-environmental valuation and liabilities. What strategies for environmental justice organisations? The report can be downloaded here. Abstract This EJOLT report focuses on two central issues: the use of evaluation methods and the …

Map of Environmental Conflicts in Brazil

By Joan Martinez Alier December 22nd, 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chico Mendes (1944-1988) who defended the Amazon against deforestation in Acre, Brazil. Chico Mendes was a rubber gatherer …

The resistance against the giant Vale mining company is growing worldwide

By Carolina Herrmann Coelho-de-Souza  (hcarolin at yahoo.com) In 2012, Vale was chosen as the world’s worst corporation in the Public Eye Awards, the “Nobel” of global corporate shame. In the same …

Cruelty and Impunity in the Amazon

By Felipe Milanez, from Maraba.  Last Thursday, another chapter in the history of violence and impunity in the Amazon was written in Brazil. In a trial to determine the guilt of …

Industrial tree plantations in the global South for energy in Europe: a crazy idea?

By Winnie Overbeek.  Some years ago, a Dutch consultant approached the World Rainforest Movement to give comments on an idea. On behalf of his government, he was researching the viability of …

BRICS meet for the scramble of Africa (the sequel)

By Nick Meynen. When in 2001 the term BRIC was coined to group emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China – nobody saw them as a block challenging the likes …

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