Traditions and Technology Combat Illegal Logging

  Indigenous groups in Northern Brazil are taking matters into their own hands to protect the Amazon Rainforest. Areas close to the Ka’apor’s indigenous territory, within the Alto Turiaçu region, have been targeted by illegal loggers. The roughly 2,000 person tribe is now embracing new innovations to combat rapid deforestation near their homes. These groups of “forest guardians,” as they refer …

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Brazil’s World Cup Preparations Include Education and Training for Former Slaves

As soccer fans around the world gear up for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup this summer, most are likely not thinking about slavery. However, unbeknownst to many spectators of the soccer tournament, twenty-five men, who were deemed by the Brazilian government to have been previously subjected to slave labour, contributed to building the Arena Pantatanal, one …

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Sustainable Rubber Harvesting is Great News for Safe Sex

  A Brazilian company called Natex has developed a way to manually harvest rubber trees deep within the Amazon rainforest. This new innovative technology not only helps curb the growing amount of deforestation, but also helps produce roughly 100 million condoms per year. These condoms are then purchased by the Brazilian federal government to be freely distributed throughout the country …

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Ballooning Internet Access in Remote Regions of Brazil

An estimated 50 percent of Brazilians lack internet access, a figure that is disproportionally higher in hard-to-reach, rural areas that are not covered by fiber-optic cable networks. In response, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is working to bring connectivity to isolated communities through internet-transmitting balloons. These balloons, equipped with radio transceivers, would be anchored in strategic locations including …

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The Moser Light: A Cheap, Eco-friendly Solution to Indoor Lighting

Sometimes the simplest innovations can have the widest impact. Although this idea isn’t as new as some of the others we highlight here, no collection of innovative ideas would be complete without mentioning Alfredo Moser’s brilliant solution to indoor lighting. Using only a clear plastic bottle, water, and a tiny bit of bleach, Moser’s invention refracts sunlight through holes in …

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