Brazilian official murdered as war against environmental activists heats up

November 3, 2016 by  
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In Brazil, the public murder of a government official in Pará state has sparked renewed fear, as the war against stewards of the endangered Amazon rages on. Luiz Alberto Araújo, environment secretary on the city council of Altamira, was killed October 13 after being shot multiple times while sitting in his car in front of his home. His wife and two stepchildren were also in the car, but left unharmed, sending a clear message that Araújo’s death was the only objective of the attack. In his government role, Araújo battled against the growing problem of deforestation in Brazil and the repercussions from the recently built Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. His work earned him numerous death threats, and the official had recently moved from a similar role in another city to avoid danger. Now, in the weeks after his murder, many are calling for the government to step up its protections for environmental activists fighting against illegal logging and mining, as well as a host of humanitarian offenses, which have become common in Pará, one of Brazil’s poorest states. Related: Amazon dam opposed by local tribes halted by Brazilian environmental agency “The killing of Luiz Alberto Araújo marks a new low in the war waged against environmentalists in the Brazilian Amazon,” said Billy Kyte, campaign leader at the NGO Global Witness. “It sends a message that no one is untouchable.” The Guardian reports that over 150 environmental activists have been killed in Brazil since 2012, but most were activists. Araújo’s murder marks the first time a government official has been targeted in the backlash against environmental protections that seeks to put an end to the destruction. Via The Guardian Images via Shutterstock and Eletronotre

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Penguin swims 5,000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life

March 10, 2016 by  
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Rio de Janeiro resident Joao Pereira de Souza did not expect to make a lifelong friend when he rescued a struggling, oil-slicked penguin from the beach years ago – but that’s exactly what happened. Now Dindim swims thousands of miles to spend eight months out of the year with his buddy, renewing everyone’s faith in the deep connection we share with animals. Read the rest of Penguin swims 5,000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life

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This Brazilian school has an entire soccer field on its roof

February 18, 2016 by  
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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

September 12, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Bayer Brazilian headquarters , brazilian architecture , bridge design , Friedrich Bayer Bridge , lilypad bridge , LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo , sao Paulo , spinning footbridge , urban designm pedestrian bridge

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World’s First Beekeeping Donkey Helps Brazilian Beekeeper

February 26, 2014 by  
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Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a beekeeping donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil . He wears the standard beekeeping uniform while on the job, and to keep from getting stung Boneco wears a full head-to-toe protective suit as well. The unlikely pair is turning heads and bringing home more honey than ever before. Read the rest of World’s First Beekeeping Donkey Helps Brazilian Beekeeper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beekeeping Ass , Beekeeping Donkey , Boneco , Brazil honey , Brazilian Beekeepers , honey harvesting , Honey production , Manuel Jucari        

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Vik Muniz Transforms Gold Scrap Metal into Oversize Animal Collages

March 1, 2013 by  
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Brazilian Stock Exchange Nudges Companies Toward CSR Reporting

January 9, 2012 by  
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The Brazilian Stock Exchange is part of a growing number of exchanges to recommend or require public companies to report on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.

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Sprint to Require Green Certification for All Cell Phones

January 9, 2012 by  
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All cell phones sold through Sprint must go through the certification process for the UL-ISR 110 standard, although it's likely that all phones won't meet the standard, which Sprint helped to develop with UL Environment.

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Cardboard Turns Back Into Wood In Domingos Totora’s Amazing Furniture And Sculpture

September 1, 2011 by  
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Brazilian designer Domingos Totora is the author of these mesmerizing pieces of furniture produced with recycled cardboard that is turned into a wooden-like material through a sustainable process…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Airport ‘Bicycle Shuttle’ In Rio De Janeiro (Video)

August 23, 2011 by  
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Mikael Colville’s Brazilian Friend Biking From Rio’s Airport. Image: Vimeo screen capture. There was a wave of bike celebrities visiting Latin America a few weeks ago when David Byrne hit the road to promote the Spanish version of Bicycle Diaries and Copenhagenize ‘s founder

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