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Rivers of the Amazon: Can They Be Used on a Sustainable Basis as a Source of Renewable Hydropower?

Are hydroelectric power plants the best approach to meet Brazil's energy demand? The construction of Jirau and Santo Antonio, two hydroelectric power plants on the Madeira River in the Western Amazon, sparked debate about how to balance energy production with environmental conservation.

The Road to Copenhagen: Perspectives on Brazil, China and India

A lone ranger mindset inflicting both developed and developing countries stands in the way of a significant reduction of carbons emissions, but the world will eventually have to put differences aside in order to reach an agreement on climate change, according to a panel with experts on Brazil, China, and India who convened in anticipation of the upcoming UN Convention in Copenhagen.

Innovation in Brazil, India, and South Africa: A New Drive for Economic Growth and Development

The Brazilian Centre for International Relations (CEBRI), Prospectiva Consultoria, the Brazil Institute, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) invite you to a seminar on Innovation in Brazil, India, and South Africa, which will take place on July 15, 2009 in Geneva.

The seminar offers an opportunity to evaluate innovation policies in Brazil and compare them with policies in India and South Africa, thus contributing new knowledge to discussions on how developing countries implement national strategies to promote innovation.

Emerging Powers: India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) and the Future of South-South Cooperation

Emerging Powers: India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) and the Future of South-South Cooperation

Book Launch: <i>Brazil: A Century of Change</i>

PAULO SÉRGIO PINHEIRO, Co-editor of "A Century of Change"; Professor of Political Science at the University of São Paulo and former secretary of state for human rights for Brazil

V Symposium on International Trade

The V Symposium on International Trade this year took place right in the height of the global financial crisis, which allowed for a valuable conference on the importance of international trade relationships fostered by both Brazil and the United States.

Sugarcane Ethanol and Land Use in Brazil

A recent study sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and published in Science magazine has cast doubt on the environmental benefits of biofuels, calling attention to its potential negative impact when land-use is factored in the ca

Infrastructure Integration and Environmental Preservation in the Amazon

 On January 16, 2008, the Brazil Institute and the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) co-sponsored a half-day seminar to assess the potential impacts of infrastructure projects planned or underway in the Amazon region.

Here Comes the Sun (and the Wind, Water, and Biogas): Opportunities and Challenges for U.S.-China Renewable Energy Collaboration

As the world's two largest economies, it is not surprising that the United States and China are the top two energy consumers and investors in clean energy development—although in 2009 China invested twice as much as the United States. Both countries have similarly strong motivation to promote renewable energy, namely diversifying energy portfolios, creating jobs, strengthening energy security, and reducing pollution.

Complex Connections: Ecological Impacts of Chinese Investment in Southeast Asia

As the world's factory, it should not be surprising that China has had to expand its search for raw resources well beyond its borders. Over the past few years China has become a major global investor into resource extraction industries—oil, gas, minerals, timber, and agricultural products. A major catalyst for this investment is China's Export-Import Bank lending, which reached $174.2 billion in 2009 alone, nearly four times what the World Bank lent in the same year.