The world is now waking up to a momentous truth: we cannot do without the Amazon, blessed as it is with its rainforests, rivers and unparalleled biodiversity. And were the forests to go, destroyed by human hands, the climate of South America would change in a matter of decades, converting the continent from its verdant, luxuriously vegetated state, the legacy of millions of years of extraordinary evolution, into one that resembles Africa, with its deserts, semi-arid areas and savannahs.

How would Brazil, now obtaining 85% of its electricity from hydropower, survive as a rapidly developing industrial ...


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