Continued dam-building across Amazonia could threaten dozens of species with extinction, says a new paper published this month in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.
According to the complaint, Brazil authorized work on the Belo Monte dam, without consultation or prior, free and informed authorization by the indigenous communities of the region.
Was Brazil’s BNDES bank too rigid to change course when the Belo Monte dam showed signs of becoming a financial, environmental and social disaster?
Today’s small family-run Brazil nut processing center prospers, while Henry Ford’s rubber plantation and Julio Vito Pentagna Guimarāes’s mega-cattle ranch have been reclaimed by the jungle.
Over a hundred Mundurukú indigenous, among them leaders, warriors and children, came to a point on the Tapajos river, which they consider sacred, to pass a message to the world: “Stop the dams. Keep the Tapajós river alive.”
A partnership between organizations and a university has emerged as an alternative to the construction of hydroelectric plants and will be the first wind power system in the Indigenous Land of Light for All Program.
After a heavy rain day in Altamira, Brazil, more than 500 families in the Jardim Independente neighborhood had their community flooded. Families report that the lake’s dam is directly impacting the flow of rainwater.
Where rainforest stood, Amazon basin boom towns spring up to house workers building dams, roads, transmission lines and other infrastructure — cities like Altamira lack basic sanitation and have high crime rates.
Porto Velho is at risk by the existence of the Jirau and Santo Antônio dams, Madeira upriver. If the first breaks down, the wall of water that would cascade down the river would immediately break the Santo Antonio dam as well.