Tag: brazil

Ford’s Troller T4 Off-Roader Refreshed For 2020, Remains A Brazil-Only Affair

Ford continues to improve its rugged Troller T4 off-roader in Brazil, with the automaker applying new updates to the 2020 model. The improvements are only aesthetic, as the Troller T4 introduces new combinations of exterior and interior colors, as well as new wheels. On the outside, the Ranger-based off-roader gains a new Dark London Gray […]

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How China Could Stop Brazil’s Ecological Tragedy

Since his election, Jair Bolsonaro has made good on his promises to open formerly protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon to development. The recent surge in deforestation and fires is a direct result of this policy change. Unless the international community takes action, Mr. Bolsonaro’s presidency poses a real threat to the world’s largest tropical […]

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Why Did a Vow to End Amazon Fires Falter? Blame ‘Cattle Laundering’

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. SERRA DO CACHIMBO BIOLOGICAL RESERVE, Brazil — A smoky, choking haze drifted over a lush rainforest reserve in the Brazilian Amazon last month, as fires lit […]

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Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this Amazon town’s news website announcing a “Day of Fire,” to be started on August 10. The post suggested a coordinated criminal effort among local landowners and cattle ranchers to burn newly cleared rainforest — much of it on public land. The […]

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2020 Chevrolet Onix Shows The Hatchback Side Of Its Personality In South America

The latest-generation Chevrolet Onix may have debuted in China as a sedan, but in South America the subcompact model follows tradition and is available as a five-door hatchback as well. Customers from Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American markets will be able to buy it both as a hatchback, in which case the name is […]

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A Modernist Sanctuary That Overlooks the Trancoso Jungle

THE DUTCH DESIGNER Wilbert Das first visited the Brazilian beach town of Trancoso in 2004 on a whim after hearing about it from a friend in the Italian province of Vicenza, where he’d moved in 1988 at the age of 24 and eventually became the creative director of what was then a fledgling denim line […]

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Bolsonaro Won’t Save the Amazon—But Corporations Could

As the Amazon continues to burn, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro is attending his first United Nations General Assembly this week—not just any General Assembly, but the first time UN leaders will evaluate their progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals all 193 member states committed to in 2015. Number 13 on that list is “take […]

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The United Nations General Assembly: Live Updates

Day 1 of speeches at the General Assembly: Leading off the day: four bombastic presidents, bookended by Brexit’s chief advocate. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain during the Climate Action Summit. The summit meeting was held at the United Nations ahead of the General Assembly plenary.   CreditTimothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Trump […]

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Can We Make Destroying the Amazon a Crime Against Humanity?

Since August, as vast stretches of the Amazon rainforest were being reduced to ashes and outrage and calls for action intensified, a group of lawyers and activists who have been advancing a radical idea have seen a silver lining in the unfolding tragedy: One day, a few years from now, they imagined Brazil’s president, Jair […]

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New Electric Eel Is Most Shocking Yet

The average shock from an electric eel lasts about two-thousandths of a second. The pain isn’t searing — unlike, say, sticking your finger in a wall socket — but isn’t pleasant: a brief muscle contraction, then numbness. For scientists who study the animal, the pain comes with the professional territory. “I remember the first time […]

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Two Men Kiss in a Comic Book, and a Mayor Orders a Raid

RIO DE JANEIRO — The team of law-enforcement agents deployed by the mayor to “defend the family” descended on the international event and scoured the grounds for their target: copies of a comic book featuring two young men kissing. “Books like this need to be packaged in black plastic and sealed,” the mayor of Rio […]

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Is Brazilian Leather Out of Fashion? H&M Stops Buying Over Amazon Fires

RIO DE JANEIRO — H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, announced Thursday that it had stopped purchasing leather from Brazil over concerns that the country’s cattle industry has contributed to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The announcement of the temporary ban is the second to hit Brazil after a spike in rainforest fires this […]

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The Best Way to Fight Fires in the Amazon

G7 summits, gathering the world’s most powerful men and women around a table, have previously dealt with issues like North Korea, nuclear proliferation, Iran, Russia, trade deals, terrorism. At last week’s meeting in Biarritz, France, world leaders found themselves grappling with an existential threat from an unusual direction: the Brazilian government.  The Amazon rainforest, which […]

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Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet beef demand in China. Deforestation at breakneck rates is depleting vast expanses of Amazon forest contained in South American countries neighboring Brazil. […]

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It’s Not Enough to Stop Amazon Deforestation

For three weeks, swaths of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil have been engulfed in flames—2.5 million acres to be exact. Another 1.8 million acres are burning in neighboring Bolivia, and thousands of fires are raging in the forests of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Central Africa. This has frightening implications for the […]

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With Amazon on Fire, Brazil’s Environmental Enforcers Say Bolsonaro Hobbles their Work

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws had signed an open letter as of Wednesday warning that their work has been hampered by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon. The letter […]

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The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire

By Kendra Pierre-Louis Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. In South America, the Amazon basin is ablaze. Halfway around the world in central Africa, vast stretches of savanna are going up in flame. Arctic regions in Siberia are burning at a historic pace. While the Brazilian […]

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