November 27, 2012 The pace of destruction of the Brazilian Amazon is at its lowest rate in more than two decades, says a new government report. According to data, 4,656 square kilometers of the rainforest were deforested in the 12 months through July 2012 — a 27 percent decrease from the previous year.
July 20, 2012 When other countries were struggling to deal with the HIV epidemic, Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched aggressive campaigns to raise awareness and treat the disease. But activists now say say there are no longer organized HIV prevention efforts.
July 17, 2012 Some Brazilian researchers say Truvada should only be given to very specific groups at risk of getting HIV, like young, gay men. Others are concerned that a drug that blocks the transmission of HIV could be a set-back for safe sex campaigns and might actually encourage unsafe sexual behavior.
April 26, 2012 Forget language genes or innate linguistic universals; language is not only learned, it's also powerfully shaped by the culture we live in. Fieldwork among Brazilian Indians led linguist Dan Everett to see culture as the leading determinant of language.
March 7, 2012 Brazil moved toward relaxing its strict ban on alcohol at soccer games Tuesday, responding to World Cup organizers' concerns. Soccer's governing body is pushing for the change so it can make Budweiser the "Official Beer of the FIFA World Cup" when Brazil hosts the event in 2014.
February 22, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to block imports of Brazilian orange juice for the next 18 months could drive wholesale prices of concentrated orange juice up by 20 to 45 percent. The industry agrees that higher prices are indeed likely because orange juice already is in short supply.
January 26, 2012 As Amazonian deforestation increases, archaeological sites emerge that tell a surprising tale about how forest peoples, hundreds of years ago, farmed intensively and creatively. Should this knowledge impact how we plan for Amazonian conservation today?
January 11, 2012 Low levels of a fungicide called carbendazim have been found in orange juice products that contained juice imported from Brazil. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is detaining orange juice imports from all countries to check for the chemical.
November 30, 2011 Chevron's recent oil spill off the coast of Rio sounds the alarm of what could really happen when the recently found huge reserves there start being explored.
September 20, 2011 Capivari can be used only in a single small town. It's one of 63 local currencies in Brazil. Others feature the sun, cactus and the Brazil nut
March 2, 2011 The driver of the car that plowed through a large crowd of people riding bikes during a Critical Mass event in Brazil last week is now under arrest. He may face charges of attempted homicide.
January 13, 2011 Many more people are missing, local news media report. Driving rains sent earth sliding down mountains into towns in the south-eastern part of the country.
March 10, 2009 Brazil's economy skids, but its stock market rises. What's going on?