Tag: Brazil

“This madness has to stop!” Indigenous Voices on the Destruction of the Amazon

By Teresa Millesi
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on Indigenous groups in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where the president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed its severity, with his ministers calling it an “opportunity” for illegal logging in the Amazon. Horrifying videos of hospital corridors lined with corpses and pictures of mass graves in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, are a shocking indicator of the toll the pandemic has taken on Brazil and its people.

The Future of Amazonia: Inheritance or Ruin?

By Marcílio de Freitas
Amazonia is one of the planet’s last utopias. Even before the New World was “discovered,” it existed in the imaginary of foreign travelers and governments. Yet the future of Brazil’s Amazonia region is fast becoming a tragedy in the making, which is calling out for international attention.

Making Tracks: Environmental Histories of the Brazilian Cerrado

By Claiton Marcio da Silva The Brazilian Cerrado made me an environmental historian. My interest in the agricultural transformations in Brazilian savannas—a biome located in the central part of Brazil that extends over an area of approximately 2.000.000 km²—started when I left the southern and subtropical regions of the country to seek employment in the mythical Brazilian backwoods.

Worldview: Doce River Disaster

“The Bitterness of the Doce River—One Year Later” By Lise Sedrez It was way worse than I thought. Over the last three days, with a group of colleagues, I looked at the Rio Doce and asked myself how we could have done this to… Continue Reading “Worldview: Doce River Disaster”

Worldview: No Such Thing as the End of History: Good News from the Amazon

This week, we bring you a new Perspectives volume in Portuguese and exciting developments from the Amazon rainforest. The RCC Perspectives 2013/7 volume entitled New Environmental Histories of Latin America and the Caribbean has just been published in Portuguese, translated by former RCC intern… Continue Reading “Worldview: No Such Thing as the End of History: Good News from the Amazon”