Monday, December 9th, 2013
Just in time for the gift-giving season, the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com continues to promote it’s Frustration-Free Packaging initiative. This initiative is a five-year effort to not only make products easier to open, but to create sustainable and recyclable packaging.
In a 2008 letter written to customers, Amazon (more…)
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Rainforest exploitation is a concept we have been sadly used to for years. Images of deforestation have long been a common sight in tropical countries, as illegal logging of trees and ever increasing pressure from agriculture keep claiming thousands of square kilometers of virgin forest every year. We’ve even grown accustomed to the idea of one forest (more…)
Friday, May 17th, 2013
Belo Monte Dam is a controversial mega dam being built in the Amazon on Indigenous land. The old project conceived during the military dictatorship (1964-1985), and which was revived by the Lula government, is the bête noire of Brazilian environmentalists due to the damage it will cause to a pristine region in the Amazon. It will pave the way to tens of other dams in (more…)
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by 77 percent from 2004 to 2011, but carbon emissions did not drop as steeply because of complex processes revealed during on-the-ground studies, scientists say.
While analysis of satellite images showed the three- (more…)
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
A Brazilian judge has ordered a suspension of the controversial Belo Monte dam project, saying that local indigenous people who will be affected by the massive hydroelectric project were not sufficiently consulted during the environmental assessment process.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, Judge Souza Prudente of (more…)
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Recent policies enacted by the Brazilian government — including changes to its Forest Code and a push to build 30 new dams in the Amazon region — threaten to undermine critical environmental progress made by the nation over the last two decades, scientists say.
In a declaration published after its annual meeting (more…)
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed critical revisions to the nation’s Forest Code that environmental advocates said would lead to rampant deforestation of the Amazon.
Speaking to reporters, government officials said Rousseff had vetoed 12 of the 84 articles in (more…)
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
U.S. car makers such as General Motors, Ford, and Nissan are purchasing steel made from pig iron that is smelted using large amounts of illegally logged timber from the Amazon rainforest, according to a two-year investigation by Greenpeace.
The environmental group also said that the pig iron (more…)
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Google last week expanded its popular Street View feature to the forests of the Amazon basin, posting more than 50,000 photos that allow online users a virtual tour of the world’s largest tropical region.
The photos, taken last summer in the Rio Negro Reserve, provide a panoramic view of tropical forest (more…)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
A drought that affected large areas of the Amazon rainforest in 2010 triggered the release of about 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than the total annual CO2 emissions of India, according to a new study.
After combining a NASA carbon cycle simulation (more…)