Showing posts with label Brazil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brazil. Show all posts

Friday, November 20, 2015

Brazil's dam disaster to threaten biodiversity (report)

The wave of mud and iron ore mining waste caused by the rupture of two tailings dams in southeastern Brazil will have a significant negative impact on biodiversity when it reaches the ocean, local daily O Estado de Minas reported Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New evacuations ordered at site of Brazil mine disaster

New evacuations were ordered Wednesday at the scene of Brazil's deadly iron ore mine dam burst as the CEOs of the mining giants that own the operation made a joint visit.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

28 people missing after Brazil dams burst disaster

Twenty-eight people remained missing two days after two dams burst at a major mine in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, wreaking havoc downstream, authorities said on Saturday.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Brazilian Dam Bursts Killing At Least 15. -- 45 Missing In Flood Of Toxic Iron Mine Tailings

A dam holding back tailings and polluted water from a corporate mining operation burst on Thursday in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, killing more than a dozen people, according to local media reports.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rio enregistre parmi ses plus fortes températures en 100 ans (video)

Pour la deuxième journée consécutive vendredi, habitants de Rio et touristes se sont rués sur les plages de la ville en quête d'un peu de fraîcheur, alors que les thermomètres enregistrent des records à près de 43 degrés Celsius.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Brazil, Germany build amazon observatory to monitor climate change

Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute have joined efforts to build the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO).

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sunken Brazilian town revealed amid 80-year drought

A buried Brazil city has miraculously re-emerged from the depths of the Jaguari River.

The city of Igarata was submerged by the river's rising waters in 1969 after the Brazilian government built a dam on the Jaguari river.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brazilian Ministers End Emergency Meeting on Worst Drought in 80 Years

Brazilian ministers end an emergency meeting at the capital’s presidential palace, following a water crisis that began in the most populous state of Sao Paulo, causing the worst drought seen in the south east region, in the last 80 years, the BBC reported Saturday.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Two people die and 19 injured in overhead-road span collapse in Brazil's Belo Horizonte

Two people died and 19 were injured as a result of the collapse of an overhead-road span in Brazil's Belo Horizonte where a semifinal match is due to be played at the World Soccer Cup Finals. 


According to reports reaching here, a concrete framework section fell, pinning down part of the passenger compartment of a bus which was riding under the overpass bridge span, and smashing a car. 



Friday, November 15, 2013

Brésil : nouvelle accélération de la déforestation de l'Amazonie

Au Brésil, la déforestation de l'Amazonie a atteint 5 843 km2 sur un an, en hausse de 28 % par rapport à l'année précédente, a annoncé jeudi 14 novembre la ministre de l'environnement du pays, Izabella Teixeira.

"Nous confirmons une hausse du taux de déforestation de 28 %, de 5 843 km2" de forêt, a déclaré Mme Teixeira lors d'une conférence de presse. Ce résultat encore provisoire couvre la période allant d'août 2012 à juillet 2013.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brazil court orders resumption of work on Amazon Belo Monte dam.

AFP - A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered work to resume on a dam in the Amazon, reversing a ruling that had ordered a stoppage over environmental concerns, the project consortium said.
A Norte Energia statement said the president of the Federal Court in Brasilia lifted the suspension on the Belo Monte dam.
Another judge had ordered the consortium to halt the work Friday, saying it had not met its environmental commitments.
Just as the 20,000 workers were preparing to stop work at the dam, located in the northern state of Para, Judge Mario Cesar Ribeiro said only a special court could rule on a suspension, according to a spokesman.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Brésil: la justice suspend la construction du gigantesque barrage de Belo Monte.

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Un juge d'un tribunal fédéral de Brasilia a ordonné la suspension des travaux de construction du gigantesque barrage de Belo Monte, en Amazonie brésilienne, vivement contesté par les écologistes et les populations locales, a annoncé lundi une porte-parole de la cour.
Le juge Antonio Souza Prudente a prononcé la suspension de l'autorisation environnementale accordée au projet et l'arrêt des travaux du barrage hydroélectrique, situé sur le fleuve Xingu, dans l'Etat du Para (nord), selon cette porte-parole.
Prise vendredi, la décision du juge interdit à la banque publique BNDES, qui finance le projet, de débloquer des fonds tant que tous les engagements sociaux-environnementaux n'auront pas été tenus par les promoteurs. "Nous ne nous opposons pas au développement du pays mais nous affirmons qu'il faut respecter la loi", avait déclaré le procureur de l'Etat du Para.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Brasileño creó sistema de iluminación con botellas de agua

Alfredo Moser es un brasileño que inventó las lámpara de agua. (Foto: BBC)
Alfredo Moser, un mecánico brasileño, ideó en 2002 un sistema para alumbrar su casa durante el día sin necesidad de utilizar electricidad, usando únicamente botellas llenas de agua con un poco de cloro.
Moser explica que el experimento funciona por refracción de la luz solar. “Hay que añadir dos tapas de cloro (a una botella de dos litros) para evitar que el agua se ponga verde. Mientras más limpia esté la botella, mejor”, asegura.
En los últimos dos años su idea llegó a diferentes partes del mundo, y se tiene previsto que para el 2014 un millón de hogares implemente este sistema.
La idea del brasileño se basa en que en el techo de la vivienda se abre un hueco donde se coloca la botella llenas de agua con el cloro, se fija con resina de poliéster y según el inventor “no hay goteras, ni siquiera cuando llueve, no cae ni una gota".

Friday, June 07, 2013

Βραζιλία: Συρρικνώνονται οι σπόροι στα δάση της βροχής

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Οι σπόροι του φοίνικα συρρικνώνονται σε μια προσπάθεια προσαρμογής στην αποψίλωση και την απώλεια του Ατλαντικού Δάσους της Βραζιλίας. Επιστήμονες προειδοποιούν ότι αυτή η μεταβολή σε συνδυασμό με την κλιματική αλλαγή ενδέχεται να έχει καταστροφικές συνέπειες για το δέντρο.
Σε δημοσίευσή τους στο Science, οι ερευνητές από το Σταθμό Βιολογίας Ντονιάνα, στη Σεβίλλη της Ισπανίας, γράφουν ότι η αποψίλωση στη Βραζιλία προκαλεί την παραγωγή μικρότερων και πιο αδύναμων σπόρων, οι οποίοι έχουν παράλληλα μικρότερες πιθανότητες να ξαναγεννηθούν. Αποδίδουν την τάση αυτή στην απώλεια των μεγάλων πτηνών, τα οποία τρέφονται με τους σπόρους αυτούς και τους εξαπλώνουν.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Traditional Amazon boat-making ....

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In the waterways of the Amazon basin, ships and boats are a lifeline connecting isolated communities with more developed areas. And indigenously-made wooden boats continue to be a mainstay of transportation in the region. In Macapa, Brazil, tradesmen still practice traditional ship-building--making the city a hub for the craft.
No giant factories, no complex machines. The Amazon’s traditional wooden boats are built in outdoor workshops like these. Craftsmen here use just their hands and simple tools to build and renovate the vessels.
Marcos Ramos, craftsman, said "I have learnt ship-building from my father since I was very little. I started from simpler techniques when I was eight, and when I reached the age of 16, I was capable of building a ship all by myself."

Friday, January 18, 2013

Indigenous community clashes with loggers in the Amazon

Trucks filled with timber from illegal logging operations in the Amazon have been stopped in their tracks by an indigenous village protesting the continued exploitation of their lands.
With little or no support from the local or federal authorities, the Pukobjê-Gavião people in Maranhão state, Brazil, are refusing to stand aside as their forests are destroyed by illegal loggers.
The Pukobjê-Gavião have blocked four trucks and a tractor filled with fresh timber from leaving their lands. 
Frederico Pereira Guajajara, a member of the neighboring Indigenous Land “Arariboia”, says he was assaulted as he began filming the Pukobjê-Gavião protests as the trucks were trying to leave their land.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Brazil: Women's participation strengthens and multiplies Agroforestry

Women become protagonists of agroforestry, improving the living conditions of their families and increasing their participation in the spaces of production, marketing and advocacy. Where the leading role of the female has been exercises, success has been achieved.
It is not just today that the active participation of women in Agroforestry Systems (AFS) supported by Cooperafloresta - Agroforestry Farmers Association of Bar Turvo/SP and Adrianople/PR has contributed to the success of the work. In all cities where it operates, the female lead has been exercised. Agroflorestar Project, sponsored by Petrobras Environmental Program, is supporting the Association in working with women farmers, and quilombolas.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White Christmas in Rio. Health alert?

Under a torrid 40 degrees Celsius, the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro woke up on December 25 under a white blanket. Only it was not snow - it was a mysterious white soot-like dust which entered people's apartments and caused allergies. The authorities still do not know what caused it... could there be a serious health risk?
The official data available can be summarized by a white soot-like dust which descended on several areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro early on the morning of Christmas Day. Eye witnesses described the phenomenon as being like snowflakes falling. The dust settled mainly in the southern areas of the city such as Lagoa, Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Laranjeiras, Largo do Machado and Glória, in the Centre, Tijuca (North) and Recreio (West).

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The future of the Amazon uncertain | Greenpeace International

For ten years, the fate of Brazil’s forests have hung in the balance as the future of the Forest Code has been up for grabs. We’ve see the debate over the law come to a head over the last few years, as the agribusiness sector pressed the Congress for major changes to the law and the scientific community and 80% of the public opposed drastic changes to the law.
Today, President Dilma has ignored the call of the people of Brazil and taken final steps to approve a new law that opens the Amazon up for destruction. 
President Dilma Rouseff announced today, approval of the provisional measures of the new Forest Code with 9 partial vetoes,  making the law that has protected the Amazon for almost 70 years a thing of the past, paving the way for new areas of expansion for the agribusiness sector and granting amnesty for past forest criminals. Vetoes sound like a a drastic measure but in reality they will do nothing new to protect the Amazon. ........The future of the Amazon uncertain | Greenpeace International

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