Journalism from the center of the world

In the state of Pará scientists found species of killifish, like the pituna xinguensis, which they had believed was already extinct on account of the Belo Monte power plant. Photo: Leandro Sousa


  • Casino supermarkets are still selling meat from protected areas
    In Brazil, the French group’s supermarkets continue to offer meat that comes from indigenous lands, despite the lawsuit in the French courts, according to a survey published on the news site InfoAmazonia
  • Indigenous Peoples denounce the mining company Belo Sun
    The Canadian company has hindered the holding of public hearings on the mining project in the state of Pará and illegally purchased land for agrarian reform, according to the report on the website Amazônia Real

A report by the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil records the mining company Belo Sun’s impact on the life of communities such as Ilha da Fazenda, on the stretch of the Xingu known as Volta Grande (the Big Bend). Photo: Lilo Clareto, from the Amazônia Real website

  • Green’ investment finances ethanol in the Amazon
    Leader in the production of ethanol from corn in Brazil, the magnate Bruce Rastetter is trying to get financing with the promise of carbon capture in power plants. However, the effectiveness of the method has not been proven, states a report on the website O Joio e O Trigo


  • Amazon region registers the highest number of fires in 16 years
    The region registered 2,911 fires in June, the highest number for the month since 2007, according to the government’s figures. Traditionally, the months between July and October are the ones with the most fires, according to a report on the website (((o))eco)
  • Each illegal mining operation yields R$ 13 million a year
    Illegal mining in the Amazon region demands a minimum investment of between R$ 1.3 million and R$ 3.3 million. The return can go as high as R$ 1.16 million a month, indicates a study on the website (((o))eco)
  • Agribusiness drives fake news about the climate
    The negationist rhetoric has been disseminated in the media by scientists, “absorbed like a mantra” by rural producers and incorporated by congressmen and senators, according to a report. (Agência Pública)


  • Killifish/cloud fish/rivulidae from the Xingu River resist the power plant
    A scientific expedition comes across populations of fish that researchers believed had become extinct as a result of the changes caused by the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant in the state of Pará, according to the website (((o))eco)
  • Rivers inhabited by the Yanomami are contaminated
    A survey indicates that 59% of the rivers in the indigenous territories have been affected by illegal mining and invasions, with a high likelihood of contamination by mercury, according to the news site InfoAmazonia
  • Eight trees are cut down every second
    More than 125 million trees were cut down in the Brazilian Amazon region in the first six months of 2023, according to an estimate based on official data, as reported on the news site InfoAmazonia


  • Indigenous peoples unite against illegal mining
    The Kayapó, Yanomami and Munduruku peoples, who are the ones that have been most affected by illegal mining in Brazil, have formed an “ancestral” alliance that has already resulted in the production of a film and a dossier, according to the news agency Mongabay

Image from the documentary ‘Escute: A Terra Foi Rasgada’ (Listen: The Land Has Been Torn Apart), produced by the Alliance in Defense of the Territories (and partners). Photo: the audiovisual Project ‘Teia Documenta’

  • Brazil’s Central Bank tightens restrictions on those responsible for deforestation
    A new resolution prohibits banks from lending money to properties that overlap with public lands, such as forests, indigenous lands and conservation units, according to the website of the organization Observatório do Clima
  • How to get access to and obtain data about indigenous lands
    Site shows how to access open and georeferenced databases that reveal the situation of the peoples, their territories and what stage of the demarcation process they are at, according to the news site Fiquem Sabendo

Spell check (Portuguese): Elvira Gago

Translation into Spanish: Meritxell Almarza
English translation: Mark Murray
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