Tag Archives: Amazon Rainforest

ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

Brazil farm lobby wins as Bolsonaro grabs control over indigenous lands – Reuters

Jair Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order yesterday making the Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists.

The temporary decree, which will expire unless it is ratified within 120 days by Congress, strips power over land claim decisions from indigenous affairs agency FUNAI. It says the Agriculture Ministry will now be responsible for “identification, delimitation, demarcation and registration of lands traditionally occupied by indigenous people.”       Continue reading

Time’s Person Of The Year: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has been declared Time’s Person Of The Year.
Looking back on 2013,
he has done some incredibly progressive things to lead the Church.
1. He spoke out against frivolous spending by the Church
The average set of cardinal’s clothes costs as much as $20,000. In October,
Pope Francis urged officials to dress more modestly and to not squander such money.
In the same month, he ordered a German bishop to explain how he had spent $3 million on a marble courtyard. Continue reading