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Environment
Brazil currently faces environmental concerns surrounding pollution, deforestation, and natural disasters such as droughts.1 Pollution is a major concern for many waterways and water-related industries in Brazil.2 Additionally, Brazilâ's shellfishing communities have been “blighted by industrial pollution.”3 Deforestation is another prominent threat to Brazilâ's environment.4 The deforestation increased by 28 percent in 2013, which interrupted the trend of a declining deforestation rate.5 The Mato Gross region experienced deforestation rates as high as 52%.6 Some believe a reform in the forestry protection law is responsible for the increase in deforestation.7 Nearly 70 percent of the sewage in Rio de Janeiro continues to flow untreated into Brazilâ's rivers and bays.8

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1http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/mar/04/brazil-shellfishing-communities-pernambuco-industrial-pollution
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-24950487
5 Ibid
6 Ibid
7 Ibid
8http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/18/brazil-water-pollution-guanabara-bay-2016-olympics_n_5347766.html
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Brazil News

Wall Street Journal (subscription) 
Brazil is moving to simplify some of the most complex labor regulations of any major economy, but many of them are likely to remain intact. The lower house of Congress voted 296 to 177 on Wednesday to approve an overhaul of the country's arcane, ... See more..
NBCNews.com 
Indigenous people and police clashed in Brazil's capital city on Tuesday, as officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas while tribe members shot arrows in return during a protest against farmers' encroachment on reservations. The demonstration was ... See more..
CNN 
Arapoema, Brazil (CNN) -- In this small town on the edge of Brazil's somewhat lawless agricultural frontier, streets turn to mud under tropical rains and laundry hangs limp in front of cement-box houses. There's one bank and two churches. But for most ... See more..
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Reuters 
The Senate voted two weeks after the Supreme Court opened investigations into 98 politicians for receiving bribes and political kickbacks in Brazil's biggest corruption scandal involving billions of dollars in bribes connected to projects at state-run ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
Brazilian police said on Wednesday they had arrested 14 people and seized more than a million dollars of stolen cash after an explosive heist by suspected Brazilian gangsters in neighboring Paraguay. Dubbed "the robbery of the century" by officials, ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the main text of a bill to relax the country's restrictive labor laws, a main plank of President Michel Temer's efforts to bolster investment and pull the economy out of its ... See more..
ESPN FC 
Brazil is the host country for 2019, when the expansion will make it easier to invite teams from other regions of the world. Mexico has played in the Copa America since 1993. The South American football confederation, known as CONMEBOL, has only 10 ... See more..
ABC News 
Indigenous from various ethnic groups run from tear gas fired by police outside the National Congress as they protest for the demarcation of indigenous lands in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Indigenous leaders say the government of ... See more..
New Scientist 
The so-called “ruralista” bloc in the National Congress of Brazil, which represents the interests of agribusinesses and large landholders, has been using the chaos in the political system as a cover to push through legislation to reverse longstanding ... See more..
Jacobin magazine 
The removal of the Workers' Party (PT) leader paved the way for her vice president, Michel Temer of the neoliberal Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), to assume power and institute a stunning rollback of social and workers' rights. He called ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Area

Total 8,514,877 sq km
Land 8,459,417 sq km
Water 55,460 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Arquipelago de Fernando de Noronha, Atol das Rocas, Ilha da Trindade, Ilhas Martin Vaz, and Penedos de Sao Pedro e Sao Paulo
Climate

mostly tropical, but temperate in south
Natural Resources

bauxite, gold, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, platinum, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, petroleum, hydropower, timber ;
Natural Hazards

recurring droughts in northeast; floods and occasional frost in south
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation in Amazon Basin destroys the habitat and endangers a multitude of plant and animal species indigenous to the area; there is a lucrative illegal wildlife trade; air and water pollution in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and several other large cities; land degradation and water pollution caused by improper mining activities; wetland degradation; severe oil spills

Demographics

Nationality
Brazilian
Population
201,009,622 (July 2013 est.) (July 2013 est.)
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Characterized by large and well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors, Brazil's economy outweighs that of all other South American countries, and Brazil is expanding its presence in world markets. Since 2003, Brazil has steadily improved its macroeconomic stability, building up foreign reserves, and reducing its debt profile by shifting its debt burden toward real denominated and domestically held instruments. In 2008, Brazil became a net external creditor and two ratings agencies awarded investment grade status to its debt. After strong growth in 2007 and 2008, the onset of the global financial crisis hit Brazil in 2008. Brazil experienced two ...See More quarters of recession, as global demand for Brazil's commodity-based exports dwindled and external credit dried up. However, Brazil was one of the first emerging markets to begin a recovery. In 2010, consumer and investor confidence revived and GDP growth reached 7.5%, the highest growth rate in the past 25 years. Rising inflation led the authorities to take measures to cool the economy; these actions and the deteriorating international economic situation slowed growth to 2.7% in 2011, and 1.3% in 2012. Unemployment is at historic lows and Brazil's traditionally high level of income inequality has declined for each of the last 14 years. Brazil's historically high interest rates have made it an attractive destination for foreign investors. Large capital inflows over the past several years have contributed to the appreciation of the currency, hurting the competitiveness of Brazilian manufacturing and leading the government to intervene in foreign exchange markets and raise taxes on some foreign capital inflows. President Dilma ROUSSEFF has retained the previous administration's commitment to inflation targeting by the central bank, a floating exchange rate, and fiscal restraint. In an effort to boost growth, in 2012 the administration implemented a somewhat more expansionary monetary policy that has failed to stimulate much growth. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.394 trillion (2012 est.); $2.374 trillion (2011 est.); $2.31 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

15.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 17.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 18% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus; beef
Industries

textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment