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In Brazil on June 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm


Render of the Jewish Museum for Sao Paulo (Skyscrapercity).


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Amazonian environmentalists who receive death threats will be protected by the government, and if necessary, receive protection from the national armed forces. That was the decision of an emergency meeting in Brasilia between members of the cabinet, prompted by the recent spate of assassinations of four Amazonian activists (The Rio Times).

The Dutch dredging company Van Oord has won a trade award for completing a unique project in the Amazon. Van Oord has completed its first so-called ‘subsea rock installation’ on two gas pipelines for Brazilian oil and gas company Petrobras. Van Oord has been active in Brazil since 1985 with offshore, dredging and marine activities, but this is the first gas pipeline project which transports gas from the onshore Solimões basin to the city of Manaus (The Rio Times).


Sitting on the soft white sand, shaded by gently swaying palm trees, the warm sea stretches out invitingly ahead. It is possible to walk thirty meters out into the clean water and still be just waist deep. Tropical fish frolic amongst the coral which reveals itself at low tide. It is a miracle anyone ever returns to the mainland from Tinharé (The Rio Times).


 According to the state Secretary for Sport and Leisure, Márcia Lins, who spoke to The Rio Times recently, Rio will be safe for visitors during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. As concerns grow about the impact of the events on Rio’s poor communities, the biggest challenge and the most important legacy will be to ensure that improvements to the city continue after the sporting events (The Rio Times).

Prestigious in location, Gávea, which translates to “topsail” in Portuguese, sits within the golden circle of the Zona Sul (South Zone). The area has a much lower ratio of foreigners then the beach-front boroughs or Santa Teresa, adding to the charm for many. Flanked by Leblon, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico and São Conrado, this neighborhood has established itself a popular residential spot with lots to offer both its inhabitants and visitors (The Rio Times).


The World Bank and 40 cities from around the world joined forces in Sao Paulo with a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bank reached the agreement with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition founded in 2005 with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. Its chairman is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Washington Post).