South America

"Brazil Leader Criticizes Agency Over Deforestation Report"

"Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro again criticized a state agency that monitors the Amazon, saying Sunday that its latest report on increased deforestation damages Brazil’s reputation amid what he says is an “environmental psychosis” overseas about environmental protection in South America’s biggest nation."

Source: AP, 07/23/2019

Satellites Show Amazon Deforestation Rising Under Brazil's Bolsonaro

"Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system, as experts pointed to activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under President Jair Bolsonaro."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2019
June 16, 2019

DEADLINE: GRID-Arendal Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants

GRID-Arendal, through its Environmental Crime Programme, two grant recipients NOK 25,000 (approximately 2,500 Euros) each for investigative journalism projects focusing on illegal fisheries and illegal logging  in a country that is on the DAC list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients. Deadline is Jun 16, 2019.


Indigenous Women Lead Untraditional Fight For Land Rights In Brazil

"Brazil’s indigenous women have been overturning tradition to step into the spotlight and lead an international push to defend their tribal land rights, which are up against the greatest threat they have faced in years under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro."

Source: Reuters, 04/30/2019

"Brazil’s Pesticide Industry Is Creating Massive PFOS Contamination"

"While much of the world struggles to clean up contamination from the toxic industrial compound PFOS, Brazil is still adding to the massive environmental mess with its large-scale production, use, and export of sulfluramid, a pesticide that degrades into PFOS."

Source: The Intercept, 04/30/2019


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