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Brazilian judge suspends work on huge Amazon dam project

A Brazilian judge has ordered that work on the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Amazon be halted on grounds that environmental commitments were not met, the court said Monday. A spokesman for the Federal Court in Brasilia said Judge Antonio Souza issued the ruling Friday, suspending the project’s environmental…

Soybean farming blamed for increased deforestation in Brazilian Amazon

Fighting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle raising and farming is one of the great rallying cries of the world’s conservationists. And, while soybean growing’s impact on the vast jungle has eased since a moratorium imposed in 2006, Brazil’s huge soybean industry is still indirectly responsible for the felling of…

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