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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost a week of denials by both Hydro Alunorte and Para state officials, experts from Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed that basins carrying residue deposits from a Norwegian mining operation...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With official festivities over, the city of Rio de Janeiro starts to consolidate the data for the 2018 Carnival season. With an estimated six million people, 1.5 million of...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With more than one hundred blocos and over 800,000 revelers taking over the streets of Rio this past weekend, the city's sanitation department, COMLURB, was faced with the arduous task...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Accompanying the sailing test event from last week (August 15th-22nd), a task force with eco-boats collected 28 tons of floating rubbish in Guanabara Bay in an effort to clean...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The production of garbage in Brazilian households has grown by 29 percent between 2003 and 2014, while the population only grew by six percent during that period. Also not...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Amidst sunny weather, a euphoric audience and world-class musical performances, the first weekend of Rock in Rio 2013 was deemed a smashing success by most accounts. Now, fans are preparing...
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio’s “Lixo Zero” (Zero Trash) program went into full swing last Tuesday, after being postponed in July. The anti-littering campaign, which has already reprimanded 171 people as of yesterday afternoon,...
By Maria Lopez Conde, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dropping an empty soda can on the busy streets of Copacabana could earn you a pricey R$157 fine this year, as Rio de Janeiro will begin to issue fines...
By Donitra Clemons, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A survey conducted by the Ministry of the Environment released this week showed that Brazilians are increasingly aware of the importance of preserving the environment. The issue of the...
By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Latin America's largest landfill site, Jardim Gramacho in Duque de Caixas, is set to shut down on May 6th. The closure, which was announced by Mayor Eduardo Paes earlier...
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