Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491km (4,655mi). It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47.3 percent of the continent of South America. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of 17 megadiverse countries, and is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
"Aquarela do Brasil" (Portuguese:[akwaˈɾɛlɐ du bɾaˈziw], Watercolor of Brazil), known in the English-speaking world simply as "Brazil", is one of the most famous Brazilian songs, written by Ary Barroso in 1939.
Background and composition
Ary Barroso wrote "Aquarela do Brasil" in early 1939, when he was prevented from leaving his home one rainy night due to a heavy storm. Its title, a reference to watercolor painting, is a clear reference to the rain. He also wrote "Três Lágrimas" (Three teardrops) on that same night, before the rain ended.
Describing the song in an interview to Marisa Lira, of the newspaper Diário de Notícias, Barroso said that he wanted to "free the samba away from the tragedies of life, of the sensual scenario already so explored". According to the composer, he "felt all the greatness, the value and the wealth of our land", reliving "the tradition of the national panels".
Initially, he wrote the first chords, which he defined as "vibrant", and a "plangent of emotions". The original beat "sang on [his] imagination, highlighting the sound of the rain, on syncope beats of fantastic tambourins". According to him, "the rest came naturally, music and lyrics at once". He declared to have felt like another person after writing the song.
Brazil is the second EP by Dutch recording artist Loona. The album was recorded in 2014 and released in June 6, 2014 through Sony.
Between 2009 and 2013, Loona released a string of summervibe tune singles, such as "Vamos a la playa", a Miranda cover, "Parapapapapa", "El Cucaracho, El Muchacho", a collaboration with Movetown, the Pigbag classic ""El Tiburón", "Policia", "Oh la la dance avec moi", the Los Diablos cover version "Rakatakata (Un Rayo de Sol)" or "Caliente". All these singles to be included on her long-awaited, sixth studio album with the working title Summer Dance, later retitled Rakatakata (Un Rayo de Sol). In 2014, when the WM came up, Loona released a 5-Track EP subtitled "Big 5" digitally through iTunes.
The Brazil extended play contains five songs, two of them, which are previously unreleased new songs, and three remixes. The album starts with "Brazil", a summervibe tune song and cover of Francisco Alves's "Aquarela do Brasil", which served as the albums' first and only single. The following two songs are remixes of the previously released Loona cover versions, the Paradisio classic "Bailando", in a Brasilian language version titled "Dançando" and a Rio version of "Mamboleo", a cover version of Herbert Grönemeyer's song "Mambo", from her first two albums "Lunita" and "Entre dos aguas". The fourth track is the Barry Manilow cover version of Copacabana. The last song is the 2k14 remix of "Rio de Janeiro" with Loona as guest vocalist, a track previously released by only Flava & Stevenson on their album Quantum of Dance. "Brazil" received a music video and was released in 2014.
SAO PAULO, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Prominent Brazil environmentalist Marina Silva, who was environment minister under ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before breaking with his party, told Reuters she is throwing her full support behind his campaign and did not rule out a role in government if he wins a third term.
This regression is costing us dearly, not only in terms of protection for the environment and for environmental activists, but also (the impact on) society as a whole, including agribusiness itself,” she said. Bolsonaro has dismantled Brazil’s socio-environmental policy and put the country’s democracy at risk, according to Silva.
Brazil's Indigenous protection agency made unsuccessful attempts to contact him over the past two decades; they monitored the man from afar and discovered his death ... "Being an environmental activist in Brazil in the current political environment is a death sentence," Minott says ... Indigenous lands block Brazil deforestation.
Bolsonaro's office and the EnvironmentMinistry did not immediately respond to the new report. Widespread forest fires are an indication that Brazil is not curbing greenhouse gas emissions ...Greenpeace Brazil spokesman AndreFreitas called the latest figures a 'tragedy foretold.'.
Investors are increasingly trying to develop carbon offset credits to help companies and government to meet targets for emissions reductions, which could be a benefit for Brazil... Brazil could generate 10% of nature-based ... Former Brazil correspondent and climate/environment reporter.
Bolsonaro's office and the EnvironmentMinistry did not immediately respond to the new report. Widespread forest fires are an indication that Brazil is not curbing greenhouse gas emissions ...Greenpeace Brazil spokesman AndreFreitas called the latest figures a "tragedy foretold.".
Brazil’s fiscal situation is worse ... The key question, he says, is whether Lula and his team understand that in order for Brazil to grow faster, it needs reforms to improve the quality of spending and the business environment, or whether they think spending by itself will be enough.\nLula’s campaign manifesto suggests the latter.
Copper, nickel, cobalt and other sulfide ore mines leak toxins into the environment and have a nasty track record of closing mines while sticking taxpayers with costly cleanups. PolyMet is an example of least-cost and most-risk mining designs to maximize profit at the expense of our environment.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A former environment minister and presidential candidate who had broken with Brazil's ex-leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva endorsed him for president on Monday as his campaign continued efforts to reach out to centrist voters ... The two once-powerful government ministers were known to have multiple rifts over the environment ... .
"I imagine that for automakers, in the same electric car model that would have a battery in Europe or the U.S., they could change that battery for a fuel cell in Brazil or India and use ethanol," she said ... Former Brazil correspondent and climate/environment reporter.
Brazilians will go to the polls in October to vote in presidential and congressional elections that many consider a critical moment for the fate of the environment in Brazil... 2 election will also see Brazilians vote for members of Congress, who will play a central role in determining Brazil’s environmental policies.
Sugar and ethanol experts said that profits on sugarcane-based ethanol sales have fallen so low compared to those of sugar that Brazil mills, which have flexibility to make more of one or another, will shift as much as possible to sugar production as the harvest enters the second half ... Former Brazil correspondent and climate/environment reporter.