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Environmental Currency: Carbon Crypto Coins?

Environmental Currency: Carbon Crypto Coins?

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – We live in the anthropocene era and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are our Achilles heal, carbon dioxide or “carbon” being enemy number one on the list. 2014 will be the year of the horse, which represents forward movement, so lets hope we trot in the right […]

Editorial: Train Kept A-Rollin

Editorial: Train Kept A-Rollin

Editorial RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For our regular readers you’ll have noticed a refreshing change the past couple months with the help we’ve had from Doug Gray, our editor of the recent eight or so weeks of Online editions and two Print editions. Doug was with us from the start in 2009-2010, had a […]

From Star Dust to Necro-leachate: Halloween Edition

From Star Dust to Necro-leachate: Halloween Edition

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With Halloween and the Day of the Dead just around the corner on November 2nd, lets liven up an issue that’s been spoiling the dead men’s party. Not even the dead are free from environmental pollution. No matter how heavy or light your mortal vessel weighs […]

Fair Winds for Wind Energy in Brazil

Fair Winds for Wind Energy in Brazil

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Energy is at the center of every country’s policy. The percentages that form Brazil’s electric energy matrix vary from source to source, and with the information available to those not hacking into President Dilma Rousseff ‘s e-mails, one can say that about 70 percent of it comes […]

The End of the Sand Era

The End of the Sand Era

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – I’ve heard that man’s best friend in not the dog, but reinforced concrete. The material allows for the building structures that define modern urban living, from skyscrapers to hydroelectric dams. This essential inanimate compound is composed mainly of sand, gravel, cement and water. That being said, […]

Smells Like Teen Spirits, among Other Things

Smells Like Teen Spirits, among Other Things

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Putting the pilgrims and God aside, the organizational component of the World Youth Day (WYD) became a total fiasco after the original place of the vigil was changed last minute to Copacabana beach due to flooding. Signs where everywhere pointing that the Campus Fidei (Field of […]

GMO Beans On The Brazilian Square Meal Ticket

GMO Beans On The Brazilian Square Meal Ticket

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While countries are banning GMOs around the world, Brazil is increasing its arsenal of genetically engineered crops including one of its staple square meal items: beans. CTNBio, the National Technical Commission of Biosecurity, responsible for approving GMOs in the national territory and determining where genetically engineered […]

Rio’s Lixo Zero Littering Law Postponed

Rio’s Lixo Zero Littering Law Postponed

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The implementation of a new law introducing heavy fines for littering in Rio de Janeiro, which should have come into force on Monday, July 1st has been postponed. The reasons given for delaying the implementation are the protests and the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) […]

Rio: Leading the Way for Brazil’s First Electric Vehicle Factory

Rio: Leading the Way for Brazil’s First Electric Vehicle Factory

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the moment, people all across Brazil are protesting for better and affordable public transportation, decent education and less government corruption. According to the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo, R$50 billion or US$24 billion are diverted through corruption a year. Brazilian citizens are demanding public services […]

Traffic Accidents Increase on Rio Roads

Traffic Accidents Increase on Rio Roads

By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recent traffic studies have revealed that every 20 minutes there is a traffic-related accident in the city of Rio, an alarming increase in the last five years. In order to combat this trend, both the city and state government are investing in programs to educate […]

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