Tag Archives: Brazil

Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s Not A Flight of Fancy

Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content and are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oil. The engineered sugarcane could become a valuable energy crop.

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A Very Brazilian Coup

Brazil's elites can't win an election, but they can engineer an impeachment.

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What Happened to Brazil?

Latin America's largest country once looked ascendant. Now it's been laid low by widespread violence, structural racism, endemic corruption, and external economic shocks.

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Latin America Lures Asia’s Big Powers

Considered as the United States’ backyard for most of the twentieth century, Latin America today is a place where major powers seek to exercise a growing influence and find a steady supply of energy and natural resources as well as markets and investment outlets.

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Who Will Win the World Cup?

Predicting the World Cup even after half the teams have been eliminated remains very difficult. The Netherlands against Columbia in the World Cup Final had long odds before the tournament started but those odds have now shortened considerably. The bookmakers still make Brazil favorites followed by Germany and Argentina. And you cannot discount either France or Belgium.

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World Cup Kicks Off Brazil’s Political Football

It has become fashionable to say that hosting the World Cup was a mistake, and that the competition will only expose Brazil’s economic weakness, social inequalities, and political tensions. These arguments are tendentious and based on selective reasoning.

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Brazil Protests Continue Ahead of World Cup

Since June 2013, thousands of people have marched through the streets of Brazil demanding improvements to public transportation, health and education, and in opposition of excessive public spending ahead of the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which will take place from June 12 to July 13. The first protests started in São Paulo, opposing hikes in public transportation fees announced by …

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America’s Most Surprising Export

Adam Minter grew up in the scrap business, watching his father haggle with Minnesota street peddlers and hearing stories of his great-uncle bashing apart small motors to recover their copper. Now a Shanghai-based reporter for two magazines covering the global scrap industry, Minter asks Americans to reconsider their assumptions about recycling, revealing the gritty reality of a business that exists …

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A Recycled Future for Brazil’s Poor

Every day, Valdirene Ferreira dos Santos wakes up early to start the day with her four children and, a bit later, walks a long stretch of road to work at the Antônio da Costa Santos Recycling Cooperative in the neighborhood of Jardín Satélite Iris on the outskirts of the city of Campinas in São Paulo. Like the other 30 cooperative …

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China and Latin America: Connected and Competing

The Global Rise of China The rise of China has stolen more headlines than any other global issue these days, stirring up questions about what China’s growing prominence really means, and how – more than why – it affects the world. While the rise of previous global powers took decades, if not centuries, China’s rise has been spectacularly fast and …

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