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Karla Mendes

Fears over rising violence in Amazon as 'forest guardians' battle logging

May 13 2019

ARARIBOIA TERRITORY, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to protect Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

As climate shifts bring 'horror movie' floods, Rio struggles to adjust

May 09 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last month, a torrent of water knocked down a wall in Rita de Cassia Goncalves da Silva's house in the Horto favela behind Rio de Janeiro's botanical garden, at the foot of the Tijuca rainforest.

Searching for superpowers? Chefs look to forgotten ingredients

May 01 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW DELHI/YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On three continents, three women have taken three different paths to find healthy and tasty solutions to one of the world's greatest health crises - poor nutrition.

'No to the mine' - Mexico's Indians fight to stop mining on ancestral land

Mar 05 2019

IXTACAMAXTITLAN, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After nearly 20 years of wrangling, a group of Nahua Indian villagers could make legal history in Mexico this month when a court rules on a land dispute involving a Canadian miner.

Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal

Feb 25 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In its efforts to slash its climate-changing emissions nearly to zero by 2050, Rio de Janeiro has chosen a perhaps unlikely place to start: its trash bins.

Without defense, indigenous Brazilians left to languish in jail

Jan 17 2019

DOURADOS, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The plight of jailed indigenous Brazilians looked unlikely to change under President Jair Bolsonaro, campaigners said, despite a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation backing findings that many were locked up on dubious charges and without a lawyer.

Brazil expels loggers in rare operation to protect threatened tribe

Dec 19 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian authorities have expelled a group of illegal loggers and ranchers from a remote area of the Amazon in a risky and rare operation to protect a threatened indigenous tribe.

Indigenous land, culture at stake in Brazil election - experts

Oct 26 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Victory by far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday's elections could lead to indigenous people losing lucrative land, campaigners and researchers warned.

Decades of dispossession: indigenous Brazilians battle to get back land

Oct 25 2018

CAARAPO, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after he was shot, indigenous chief Elpidio Pires cannot shake the smell of gunpowder.

Brazil's fashion brands score poorly in first supply chain slavery index

Oct 11 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 20 biggest fashion retailers in Brazil - where slave labor is a major problem - scored poorly on an index assessing their social and environmental practices, with almost half failing to disclose any information, UK-based campaigners said on Thursday.

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