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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:16 AM

Mining Giants Head to Amazon Rain Forest

Source: Wall Street Journal

December 23, 2012, 9:29 p.m. ET
. Mining Giants Head to Amazon Rain Forest

In Next Five Years, About $24 Billion Will Be Invested to Boost Production in Remote, Environmentally Sensitive Region

By JOHN LYONS and PAUL KIERNAN

BELEM, BrazilóMining giants such as Brazil's Vale SA VALE -1.76% and U.K.-based Anglo AmericanAAL.LN -0.48% PLC are increasing efforts to extract minerals from Brazil's Amazon rain forest, a high-stakes foray into one of the world's most remote and environmentally sensitive regions.

All together, mining companies will spend some $24 billion between 2012 and 2016 to boost production of iron ore, bauxite and other metals found in the Amazon basin, according to Brazil's mining association, Ibram. Already, Brazil is attracting a fifth of all mining investment globally, and for many the Amazon represents the country's greatest untapped potential.

"The Amazon will be our California," said Fernando Coura, Ibram's president.

The push by miners into the Amazon fits with Brazil's broader strategy to tap the ain forest's natural resources to drive economic growth. Brazil is building hydroelectric dams on Amazon rivers, improving roads between far-flung Amazon towns and connecting them to the national power grid. Legal changes and government-backed lending will help pave the way for more Amazon mines.

Environmentalists are concerned the development surge may speed deforestation and overwhelm small communities in the region as the arrival of thousands of mine workers strains local infrastructure and services. world's largest remaining rain forest, roughly the size of Western Europe. Scientists say preserving the world's largest remaining rain forest and carbon sink is crucial to the global climate mix and for ensuring the survival of an estimated one-tenth of all global species.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324020804578150964211301692.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Ash_F Dec 2012 #1
DFW Dec 2012 #2
Octafish Dec 2012 #9
DFW Dec 2012 #12
vkkv Dec 2012 #3
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #4
Selatius Dec 2012 #5
triplepoint Dec 2012 #6
Richard D Dec 2012 #7
ileus Dec 2012 #8
sulphurdunn Dec 2012 #10
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #11

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:22 AM

1. It's going to be said to see it go. /nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:22 AM

2. Brazil has shown no interest in enironmental protection up to now

The Amazon will not be their California. It will be their West Virginia.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:33 PM

12. True that.

I should have been more specific.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:27 AM

3. Native Americans mostly ended up in reservations..

as did the Negritos of the Malaysian rainforrests.. and countless others.

Very sad the way thngs are shaping up..

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:45 AM

4. Why did I read this?

Sometimes ignorance can be bliss. This makes me so sad. Thinking of the loss of habitat for the enormous biodiversity breaks my heart.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:30 AM

5. Somewhere, a doomsday clock on the Amazon rainforest just started ticking. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:50 AM

6. Just Watched, "Fitzcarraldo" Again Last Night

 

and wow...the Amazon is Amazing. Might be all we have left of it as it was. Suggest you all take a look at that movie if you've not seen it yet. "Medicine Man" is another movie that was filmed in the Amazon. And just to make your day....

Over 10,000 square miles ( 2.6 million hectares ) of the Amazon rainforest is deliberately burnt down every year to make way for soybean plantations and cattle pasture.

Don't miss, "Burden of Dreams"--the movie about the making of "Fitzcarraldo."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:48 AM

7. Not only Brazil

A huge amount (I've heard between 80-90%) of the Peruvian Amazon has been sold off to mining and oil companies.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:02 AM

8. just what the world need, more destruction to feed mans greed.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:01 PM

10. If not stopped

global capitalism will kill everything for profit. That's the way it operates because that's the way it's designed to operate.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:47 PM

11. May the wild animals have a feast there. nt

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