Brazil has the clout and credibility to assert itself as a leading voice in world climate talks to help ensure the success of any new treaty aimed at reducing global warming, the top U.S. environmental diplomat said on Thursday.Already a pioneer in clean energy and the use of biofuels such as cane-based ethanol, Brazil could cement its pro-environment credentials if it succeeds in slowing the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, U.S. climate change envoy Todd Stern said after a three-day visit to the South American nation.
Soy, biofuels, all the other commodities you may have heard linked to Amazon deforestation — they are as nothing compared to beef. There are good reasons why ranching thrives in the Amazon: land is free or cheap in most of it, cattle need minimal care, and they can walk to market.
"New era beckons for U.S.-Latin America ties" by Stuart Grudgings
Brazil to cut back high cost of labourBrazil's government is preparing sharp cuts to the country's very high labour costs as a way of boosting productivity and growth, Guido Mantega, finance minister, has told the Financial Times.[Read full article]
"History: Stability and democracy are catalysts of success"Presidente Prudente, a bustling community of 206,000 in the south-western corner of São Paulo state, offers a good view into Brazil's rise. From its unremarkable beginning as a stop on the Sorocabana railway when coffee was king, it is now one of two dozen prosperous municipalities at the centre of one of Brazil's success stories – agro-industry. Less than one hour to the west, a high-tech ethanol plant is nearing completion. Conquista do Pontal, is one of three plants being built by ETH, a subsidiary of Grupo Odebrech, with Sojitz, the Japanese trading company. Agriculture has historically been associated with slavery and, in recent decades, with the abuse of workers rights. But, thanks to the rapid expansion of the sugar ethanol industry alongside flex-fuel cars that were introduced in 2003, it is now being transformed into an industry that is emblematic of the South American country's emergence as a social innovator on the world stage.[Read full article]For a PDF version of the entire Financial Times Brazil Survey in which Sotero's article appears, click here
The Brazil Institute of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks interns with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on issues related to Brazil.
On June 27, 2009, O Estado de São Paulo published an article by Renato Cruz on Ricardo Sennes' presentation at a recent seminar co-sponsored by the Brazil Institute and Prospectiva Consultoria. To read the article in Portuguese, view the PDF file.The article is also available electronically on O Estado de São Paulo's website.
Paulo Sotero moderates discussion on "The Brazil-US Biofuels Agreement: How to Move Forward" at Ethanol Summit 2009 in São PauloJun 03, 2009
Held for the first time in 2007, the Ethanol Summit was conceived as a platform for in-depth discussions on the present and future of biofuels in Brazil and the world, with special focus on the most widely used biofuel of all, both globally and in Brazil: ethanol. The event returns to the Sheraton World Trade Center Hotel in São Paulo, once again featuring specialists, researchers, leading business executives and government officials from around the world in plenary sessions and panel discussions, designed to contribute constructively to the debate on biofuels that is so dominant on the global energy agenda.
Illegal wildlife trafficking is the third-largest criminal industry worldwide, involving $20 billion in global trade each year. At a meeting co-sponsored by the China Environment Forum and the Brazil Institute, experts discussed the nature of the wildlife trafficking industry and the challenges in fighting it.