Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

Brazil-Bolivia Dam Reignites Debates on Hydropower in the Amazon

Via Diálogo Chino, a look at how communities have pushed back on a proposed Ribeirão dam, a joint initiative by Brazil and Bolivia on the Madeira River, decrying dams’ impacts and seeking alternatives in solar: On a hot August day in the city of Guajará-Mirim, in Brazil’s Rondônia state, more than 140 people packed into a […]

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A Severe Drought Pushes an Imperiled Amazon to the Brink

Courtesy of the New York Times, a sobering report on the Amazon – a rainforest that holds a fifth of the world’s fresh water, but deforestation, dwindling rain and unrelenting heat are sucking it dry: The planet’s biggest freshwater tank is in trouble. The Amazon rainforest, where a fifth of the world’s freshwater flows, is reeling from […]

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Amazon Drought Cuts River Traffic, Leaves Communities Without Water

Via Mongabay, a report on Brazil’s Amazon drought: Falling water levels in the rivers and lakes of the Brazilian Amazon are restricting the flow of ships and boats, the main form of transport in the region and the only means of access to health and education facilities for many communities. This year’s drought is exacerbated […]

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Water, Not Lithium, Is The Resource Latin America Should Worry About

Via Rest of World, commentary on how water, not lithium, is the resource Latin America should worry about: As fires, storms, and heat ravage large swathes of the planet, the world seems to have ramped up its efforts to address climate change. At the heart of this drive is the emergence of “climate tech” — a […]

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Brazilian Water Security Threatened by Climate Change and Human Behavior

Courtesy of AGU, a new academic study on Brazil’s water security: Abstract Water scarcity is a growing concern globally, with climate change and increasing population exacerbating the issue. Here, we introduce a new framework for assessing water availability in 708 Brazilian catchments that considers the effect of CO2 concentrations on potential evapotranspiration, uses CMIP6 bias-corrected climate […]

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 Dammed Thirsty: The Cross-Border Fight For Water

Via Terra Daily, a look at some of the world’s cross-border fights for water: With half the world experiencing water scarcity for at least part of the year, the huge dams being built by some countries to boost their power supplies while their neighbours go parched are a growing source of potential conflict.Ahead of a […]

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