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Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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Cathaleen Chen
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Once considered “the Saudi Arabia of Water,” Brazil is now nearly deplete of it.

As drought continues to scorch Southeastern Brazil to unprecedented degrees, San Paolo’s primary water reservoir, the Cantareira, has been reduced to its last drops. As of August, it is 17 percent below capacity. ... Read more about Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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Deforestation in Amazon jungle increases by nearly a third in one year

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The Guardian, November 14 2013
Illegally logged timber, which has been confiscated, is floated down the Guam river delta in Brazil
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Deforestation in the Amazon increased by nearly a third over the past year, according to Brazilian government figures released on Thursday.

The data confirms a feared reversal in what had been steady progress over the past decade against destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July 2013 showed that deforestation in the region climbed by 28% compared with a year earlier. ... Read more about Deforestation in Amazon jungle increases by nearly a third in one year

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Deforestation and the human development index in the Brazilian Amazon

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http://www.mongabay.com/images/batfn/09-07/6.html

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Deforestation and the human development index in the Brazilian Amazon

 

This graph shows that when deforestation did not exist, the quality of life of Amazons was average. Then increased with the initial deforestation.But over time, more deforestation increases, the quality of life of Amazons decreases.

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Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio slideshow

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Eric Hilaire
Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio sli
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Photographer Peter Caton talks about his visit to the Cerrado – the world's largest savannah. It contains 5% of the world's biodiversity, but is being destroyed at an incredible rate to make way for monocultures that may have devastating long-term effects.

During his trip, Caton worked with local Brazilian environmental group ISPN and WWF on their campaign calling for UK supermarkets to source sustainable soya

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