Amazon deforestation falls by 49% in June, officials say

August 15, 2010

The Brazilian Ministry of Environment last week announced that there was a 49% drop in deforestation in the Amazon region in June, compared with the same period in 2009. The data was provided by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) through its Real Time Deforestation Detection System (DETER). In total, 95.48 square miles were […]

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Dispatch from the Amazon: the queen of biomes needs care – and global cooperation

July 29, 2010

The day the group of journalists I was visiting Brazil with by an invitation of Apex, a trade and investment agency, arrived in Brasilia for a series of meetings with government officials, the news was good. The country had managed to reduce deforestation in the Amazon region by 47% between August 2009 and May 2010, […]

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Dispatch from Brazil: the energy issue

July 28, 2010

Brazil takes a lot of pride in the fact that 48% of its energy matrix is renewable, mostly thanks to hydropower, the source of 80% of the electricity consumed in the country, and ethanol, which has been powering vehicles in the country since the late 1970s. In Brazil, energy accounts for only 2.5% of the […]

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Dispatch from Brazil: climate change

July 27, 2010

Mild-mannered and soft-spoken Sérgio Serra has a tough job in his hands. He is the Brazilian Climate Change Ambassador, the representative of a country that emerged from the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen last October with one of the most ambitious emissions targets (around 37% by 2020), which was signed into law. Serra became a mouthpiece […]

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Follow us in Brazil!

July 19, 2010

Follow our blogger/editor, Antonio, on a six-day trip to Brazil for a firsthand look at the world´s greatest biodiversity, found in the Amazon rainforest, and to become familiar with local policies to reach national targets on deforestation and climate change. Follow him at and also on EnergyRefuge’s Twitter. Join him as he provides you […]

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