The Fate of the Forest

Developers, Destroyers, and Defenders of the Amazon, Updated Edition

Author: Susanna B. Hecht,Alexander Cockburn

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226322734

Category: Nature

Page: 408

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The Amazon rain forest covers more than five million square kilometers, amid the territories of nine different nations. It represents over half of the planet’s remaining rain forest. Is it truly in peril? What steps are necessary to save it? To understand the future of Amazonia, one must know how its history was forged: in the eras of large pre-Columbian populations, in the gold rush of conquistadors, in centuries of slavery, in the schemes of Brazil’s military dictators in the 1960s and 1970s, and in new globalized economies where Brazilian soy and beef now dominate, while the market in carbon credits raises the value of standing forest. Susanna Hecht and Alexander Cockburn show in compelling detail the panorama of destruction as it unfolded, and also reveal the extraordinary turnaround that is now taking place, thanks to both the social movements, and the emergence of new environmental markets. Exploring the role of human hands in destroying—and saving—this vast forested region, The Fate of the Forest pivots on the murder of Chico Mendes, the legendary labor and environmental organizer assassinated after successful confrontations with big ranchers. A multifaceted portrait of Eden under siege, complete with a new preface and afterword by the authors, this book demonstrates that those who would hold a mirror up to nature must first learn the lessons offered by some of their own people.
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Guardians of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: Environmental Organizations and Development

Author: Luiz C. Barbosa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317577647

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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The Amazon region is the focus of intense conflict between conservationists concerned with deforestation and advocates of agro-industrial development. This book focuses on the contributions of environmental organizations to the preservation of Brazilian Amazonia. It reveals how environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and others have fought fiercely to stop deforestation in the region. It documents how the history of frontier expansion and environmental struggle in the region is linked to Brazil’s position in an evolving capitalist world-economy. It is shown how Brazil’s effort to become a developed country has led successive Brazilian governments to devise development projects for Amazonia. The author analyses how globalization has led to the expansion of international commodity chains in the region, particularly for mineral ores, soybeans and beef. He shows how environmental organizations have politicized these commodity chains as weapons of conservation, through boycotting certain products, while other pro-development groups within Brazil claim that such organizations threaten Brazil's sovereignty over its own resources.
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Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence

A Geography of Coexistence

Author: Julie Urbanik,Connie L. Johnston

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440838356

Category: Nature

Page: 466

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An engaging and at times sobering look at the coexistence of humans and animals in the 21st century and how their sometimes disparate needs affect environments, politics, economies, and culture worldwide. • Includes excerpts from 20 primary source documents related to animals • Offers a comprehensive look at a variety of aspects of human-animal relationships • Discusses how human actions affect the survival of other species, such as the northern spotted owl and bluefin tuna
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Audubon perspectives

rebirth of nature : a companion to the Audubon television specials

Author: Roger L. DiSilvestro,Page Chichester,Christopher N. Palmer,National Audubon Society

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

ISBN: 9780471532088

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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Focuses on the issues of habitat destruction, discussing the various causes, the consequences, and the ongoing rescue efforts
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Annuaire Des Organisations Internationales

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Associations, institutions, etc

Page: N.A

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Beginning in 1983/84 published in 3 vols., with expansion to 6 vols. by 2007/2008: vol. 1--Organization descriptions and cross references; vol. 2--Geographic volume: international organization participation; vol. 3--Subject volume; vol. 4--Bibliography and resources; vol. 5--Statistics, visualizations and patterns; vol. 6--Who's who in international organizations. (From year to year some slight variations in naming of the volumes).
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