Brazil's claims of a big drop in Amazon deforestation rates are probed by a biologist and an American expatriate living in the rain forest.
By Rodolfo Araujo
We cannot deny the impact of mining activities in a territory: In addition to environmental changes, the potential economic, demographic, educational, and professional changes as well as consequences to infrastructure can cause a drastic change to the landscape of the region. However, mine exploitation is restricted to a determined life-cycle; normally, a mining site will operate for around fifty years. In other words, it is a story with a known end.
The first Autodesk University Brasil was held in Sao Paulo last week and was a resounding success. Over 1400 people packed the conference for a full day of presentations and training sessions and partied into the early evening unwilling to leave.