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'The Last Bit of Paradise': Giant Dam Threatens Brazilian Rainforest


Environment  (tags: Amazon dams, pollution, habitatdestruction, rainforests, rainforest destructionecosystems, environment, destruction, conservation, nature, politics, world, animals, forests )

Cal
- 692 days ago - spiegel.de
The construction of a giant dam in the Amazon region of Brazil is threatening parts of the world's largest rainforest. But the indigenous tribes living here are keeping quiet in return for millions of dollars in promises.



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Roseann d. (178)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:05 pm
Promises, Promises! Sad! And you know they are never going to see it. Some things are worth more than money.
 

Diana N. (2)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:50 am
What a sad, sad story. I usually consider myself a rational and cold-hearted person. But when I hear that people *laugh* at the notion that a tree has a soul I feel outrage and disgust, and I'm reminded of the reason why I'm a cold-hearted person - it's humans. Humans, which ought to be considered intelligent enough to comprehend that other living creatures have souls, too, especially ancient creatures such as a giant tree!
And a river that is "unimaginably enormous by German standards" - I live in Germany and I'm very fond of the bits of forest and nature I still have here for refuge although they can hardly be considered wilderness. I can't imagine how someone can not see the value in those last, vast places that still remain untainted. Humans are the cancer of the Earth.
 

Christeen Anderson (553)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:56 am
No, no. Can this be stopped?
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:40 am
Thanks, Cal. I wish the rainforest would be saved.
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:35 am
GREED! They're killing their mother for MONEY!
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:51 am
I wonder when it will end. I guess when everything is covered in cement?
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:00 am
This is just bloody awful. Our world for future generations,if it can withstand the destuction and killing of all that is good,will be one encased in concrete. Looking pretty damn GRIMM.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:07 pm
noted, thanks
 

sylvia S. (23)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:23 pm
How can we help in this situation? Sometimes I feel hopeless after leaving Care2... becuse the truth is i can contribute a little.. but I can't be of real help
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:23 pm
Pendejos! Oh, but that is Spanish, not Portugese.
Reminds me of "They paved paradise, put up a parking lot."
Bolivia dos something marvelous, and Brazil does dumb!
 

Dianne D. (462)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
This rainforest supplies most of the oxygen for the rest of the world. If this project goes on, then the world will suffer. What will it take before we stop destroying our world for money.

When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.
Cree Prophecy
 

michelle t. (41)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:59 pm
This probves that these uneducated immoral indigenous tribes are just as corrupt as The politicians, planers and construction workers.All these vile pieces of crap care about is money
 

sandra g. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
It is a too sad reality an endless nightmare that when we awak eit will be too late, it already is everythig is damages, more deseases we are being destroyed through earth, water and air....many years ago I read the Cree Prophecy, for sure as it goes it is comming to be truth.
 

michelle t. (41)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
This proves that these uneducated immoral indigenous tribes are just as corrupt as The politicians, planers and construction workers.All these vile pieces of crap care about is money
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:43 pm
This story is sad. One would think that we would learn, in the 21st century, we do not have the luxury of wasting natural resources and natural wonders like rain forests. Greed is not good!
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:38 pm
How sad and myopic.
 

Linda R. (17)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:38 pm
This is showing just how ignorant and selfish humans can be.
 

Elaine B. (24)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:13 pm
Shocking,not only people's lives, lands, animals too along with rare indigenous creatures lost in the swish of a pen. They say the pen is mightier than the sword so I totally agree in getting this information out to as many people as possible. A united front stands a better chance of being heard than one or two voters.. Thanks for bringing this to my attention .
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:26 pm
Protect the earth: its forests and animals living there. People of course are included.
 

Dietrich S. (46)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:56 am
Pam puts it in a nutshell. This is precisely the fact. Bribery and corruption seem to dominate everything.
What a shame for all companies who carry on this dirty business.
 

Veronique L. (215)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:36 am
:'(
 

Hugo L. (264)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:15 am
Yes, it is very depressing. Please view this beautiful videoclip! It makes me happy and hopeful.
http://www.singfortheclimate.com/NL/default.aspx
 

pirjo sundqvist (162)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:18 pm
There are a load of petitions against this project have been for a long time and one would wish that everybody signed some... https://www.google.se/search?q=petitions+against+belo+monte+damm&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
 

pirjo sundqvist (162)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:20 pm
from a petition "But the reality is that this dam will have devastating environmental consequences.

In addition to 100km of land left without wildlife or water, and damage to fish stocks, as many as 40,000 people will be affected. At least 12,000 of those people will have to relocate.

The energy created by the damn will not be clean, and will actually emit large quantities of methane, which is far worse than carbon dioxide.

The benefits of building this dam do not outweigh its certain destruction to the earth and indigenous communities in the nearby provinces of Altamira and Vitoria do Xingu. "
 

James Maynard (68)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
Joni Mitchell sang it...........

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:51 pm
We should be protecting the rainforests and traditional, ecologically sound, indigenous ways of living.
 

Dianne Lynn Elko-Eakin (732)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 7:10 am
NOTED :(
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:00 am
Thanks
 
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