Brazil

High Investment in Clean Energy Sector

February 25, 2011 / No Comments

The latest report on clean energy quotes the words the head of a United Nation's green economy initiative on Wednesday and says that Brazil, China and India are expected to fuel global investments in clean energy in 2011 that are expected to reach $240 billion.

Deforestation Touches Alarming Levels in Amazon Rainforest

February 24, 2011 / No Comments

Latest statistics indicate that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has increased nearly 1,000 percent from the same period last year. The report on the world's largest rainforest is from the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON). It goes in detail and says that 175 square kilometers (68 mi²) of forest were cleared during last December. In ...

Nike Introduces New Sustainable Football Kit

January 21, 2011 / No Comments

Nike has joined with the French Football Federation on Monday and a shirt and short made from recycled microfiber polyester, to put it in laymen’s term, the pair is derived entirely from discarded plastic bottles along with organic cotton.

Google Street View Updated with South America & Antarctica

October 1, 2010 / No Comments

The Web giant Google has launched the updated version of its Street View. The feature which was first made available in 2007 now includes images of South America and Antarctica too. Though the coverage is currently limited Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica, for the time being, it is the first time such images have been available of every continent on the ...

Brazil Gets World’s First Ethanol-fired Power Plant

January 19, 2010 / No Comments

Brazil has opened up the first ethanol fired power plant in the world, and hopes that this would help increasing the clean power output from the country. Brazil mostly uses hydroelectric power for its energy needs, but backup thermoelectric generation is required during the dry season. The plant in question is the Juiz de Fora plant, an 87-megawatt power plant ...

Rio 2016 Olympic bid includes planting trees

October 2, 2009 / No Comments

Brazilians have planted some 46,000 trees to neutralize all of the carbon emitted during Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In fact, concern for the environment is one of the pillars of the Rio 2016 bid, and the saplings are part of the state government’s “Rio 2016 Zero Carbon” project. In all, Rio 2016 will ...

India Warns the Developed World Against Green Protectionism

March 25, 2009 / No Comments

As the Kyoto agreement runs out in 2012, the world is getting together to make sure that they have another international treaty in place by then, to address the deteriorating environmental issues and to ensure that each nation has a certain emission cut targets set for it. Image by lingaraj However, developing heavyweights like India, China and Brazil, seem to have taken ...

Brazilian Leaf House Adds to Nature’s Splendor

November 19, 2008 / 1 Comment

Designed by Mareines + Patalano, this great beach home outside of Rio de Janeiro stands as a beautiful compliment to nature and adds to the planet's beauty and tranquility. Except for a stunning architectural show, the Brazilian Leaf House packs many green features, a perfect combination of form with function. Designed as a giant tropical banana leaf and looking like a ...

Illegal Pirarucu Confiscated in Brazil

September 23, 2008 / No Comments

One of the things I love the most about writing on GP is that I learn while I do it. Do you know what's the largest freshwater fish in South America? It's called pirarucu or arapaima and can reach up to 4.5 meters and 200 kg, as an adult. Large pirarucus of more than 2 m are seldom found in the ...

G-8 Wants to Halve Emissions by 2050

July 8, 2008 / No Comments

Well, the G-8 has a vision, but do they have a plan? Japan's PM Fukuda was able to save face - "The G8 nations came to a mutual recognition that this target -- cutting global emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 -- should be a global target." The United States got heard. Emerging economies, India, China, Brazil are included - ...