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The Slaughter Continues in Brazil

Update: We wrote recently about the murder of Amazon rainforest activists José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Mario do Espírito Santo, who were murdered for speaking out against the illegal destruction of the forest by loggers and others. Well, the slaughter continues. Just after Jose and Mario were murdered, activist Adelino Ramos was(…)

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The Slaughter Continues in Brazil

Update: We wrote recently about the murder of Amazon rainforest activists José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Mario do Espírito Santo, who were murdered for speaking out against the illegal destruction of the forest by loggers and others. Well, the slaughter continues. Just after Jose and Mario were murdered, activist Adelino Ramos was(…)

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Brazil: Protest Environmental Destruction and Die

Environmentalist leader Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria, were murdered this week for speaking out about illegal land clearing in the Amazon. They had reported illegal loggers to police and federal prosecutors, and that cost them their lives. The number of murdered activists in Brazil is staggering. More than 1,150 rural activists(…)

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A macabre hunt through the jungle for survivors of the Brazilian landslides

A week after the disaster, rescuers mostly find bloated bodies, but there are also moments of joy. Rafael Correia da Silva celebrated his 23rd birthday this week. He pulled on a pair of mudcaked wellingtons, filled his backpack with bottles of water and set off into the jungle to search for survivors of one of(…)

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New to Nature No 28: Heterodactylus septentrionalis

This new species of earless lizard appears to be restricted to colder climates. The genus Heterodactylus now includes a third species of elongate, short-limbed, earless lizards. H septentrionalis is the first new species of the genus discovered since 1862. One species occurs in the high-elevation Atlantic forests of southern Brazil, a second in a few(…)

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