Pantanal, Rede Manchete (1990)
Pantanal, Rede Manchete (1990)
Si sta come in Brazil sui ripiani frigo Jonathan Pryce.
Brazilian heavyweights set to go head-to-head
[Image description: demonstrator holds an official photo of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a protest against President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, on May 29.]
Brazil is headed for an ugly political confrontation that will culminate in next year’s bitterest (and most interesting) presidential election. Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are on a collision course.
Over the past few years, Brazil’s people have endured the worst recession in the country’s history, one of the world’s highest Covid-19 death tolls, a surge in violent crime, and global controversy over large-scale destruction in the Amazon. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, faces an uncertain future.
Bolsonaro, whom some call the “Trump of the Tropics,” was elected president in October 2018 with more than 55 percent of the vote in a deeply polarized nation. Echoing Donald Trump’s presidential run in 2016, Bolsonaro promised to “drain the swamp” by fighting crime and corruption, took confrontational views on social issues, and expressed deep support for Brazil’s military.
But since his inauguration in 2019, Bolsonaro has faced – and at times ignited – one political firestorm after another. Candidate Bolsonaro had promised to kickstart an economy mired in recession since 2014, but economic growth remains low and unemployment high. In part, that’s because of the pandemic, of course, but Bolsonaro’s disastrous handling of the biggest public health crisis of the past century has made matters far worse than they had to be. He has downplayed Covid’s severity, refused to support mask-wearing, and bungled the vaccine rollout. As the pandemic took hold, Bolsonaro offered an emergency stipend that temporarily helped the country’s poorest citizens, but 55 percent of Brazil’s people faced food insecurity in 2020. Tens of millions still go to bed hungry.
Re-enter Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The former president, widely known as Lula, a still-popular left-wing firebrand, is now out of prison and preparing to face Bolsonaro in next year’s presidential election. When that happens, the world will see a bitterly contentious fight of a new kind. In recent years, the world has grown used to seeing populist candidates square off against establishment politicians. But the contest in Brazil will feature two remarkably talented populists, one from the right and the other from the left, going head-to-head.
Glauco Rodrigues. Sem titulo. No title, 1968.
Глауку Родригес. Без названия, 1968.
Brazil lacks power shortage plan, risks blackouts
[Image description: hydroelectric powerplant on a low tide.]
Brazil may be at an increased risk for blackouts this year amid a historic drought and a lack of measures to mitigate power shortages.
Hydropower makes up 65pc of the Brazilian power generation mix but the country is facing the most severe drought in 91 years. There is a high chance of power supply not being able to meet demand in the second half of this year, at the height of the dry season.
But Brazilian energy authorities do not have a plan to address power shortages, such as implementing controlled rolling blackouts, meaning consumers are not being prepared for power rationing. And power sector regulations lack incentives for industrial consumers to lower their use during peak consumption hours.
Distributors fear that the government is not disclosing the true nature of the power sector challenges and thus not allowing distribution companies and industrial consumers to plan for shortages or rationing, according to a source close to the companies. There is also a lack of communication between power companies and government representatives so companies can help develop solutions to avoid shortages or lessen the costs with rolling blackouts, the source said.
The Brazilian government denies that power rationing is being considered, such as asking consumers to reduce power consumption in specific regions — including stopping production in factories during peak hours.
Murilo Benício in Woman on Top, 2000.
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Brazil Administers over 2.2 Million Doses of Vaccines against Covid in 24 hours, The Highest Mark So Far
More than 84 million units of immunizations have been distributed since the beginning of the campaign
[Image description: elderly man getting vaccinated.]
Brazil administered 2,220,845 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 this Thursday (17). This is the largest number administered in a 24-hour period in the country since the start of the vaccination campaign, in January of this year.
According to data from the state health departments, 2,088,159 of the first dose and 132,686 of the second dose were applied.
Previously, the largest number of vaccines administered in one day had been registered on April 23 (1,744,001). On Wednesday (16), the country applied 1,731,610 doses, now the third highest mark.
Xuxa e os Trapalhões em O Mistério de Robin Hood (1990)
“ I’m so happy that the Brazilian group got the pass to tokyo, they started a sensational growth since rio and this time they even qualified on their own! “
Brazil, Besieged by Covid, Now Faces a Severe Drought
[Image description: fisherman near a drying river last summer in an Indigenous territory called Baía dos Guató.]
Crops have shriveled up under searing heat. Immense water reservoirs, which generate the bulk of Brazil’s electricity, are growing alarmingly shallow. And the world’s largest waterfall system, Iguaçu Falls, has been reduced from a torrent to a trickle.
As Brazil approaches 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, a worsening drought is imperiling the country’s ability to jump-start its beleaguered economy, and may set the stage for another intensely destructive fire season in the Amazon rainforest.
Several states in the country are facing the worst drought in at least 90 years. The crisis has led to higher electricity prices, the threat of water rationing and a disruption of crop growing cycles. Agriculture, an economic engine of the nation — which relies heavily on hydropower — is now at risk.
Experts said the arid landscape, which coincided with a rise in illegal deforestation over the past months in the Amazon rainforest, could lead to a devastating fire season. Enforcement of environmental regulations is weak in the rainforest, and fire season traditionally begins in July.
“We’re left with a perfect storm,” said Liana Anderson, a biologist who studies fire management at Brazil’s National Center for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters. “The scenario we’re in will make it very hard to keep fires under control.”
“We’re facing a serious problem,” president Jair Bolsonaro said in May, when government officials and analysts began cautioning the country about the potential consequences of the drought. “We’re living through the worst hydrological crisis in history. This will generate headaches.”
Marcelo Seluchi, a meteorologist at the government’s national disaster monitoring center, said the current crisis was years in the making. Since 2014, large regions in central, southeast and western Brazil have experienced below-average rain levels.
“For eight years, it hasn’t been raining as much as it tends to rain,” he said, calling the drought unusually widespread and lengthy. “It’s like a water tank that doesn’t get refilled, and each year we use up more and more hoping that the following year things will improve, but that better year has yet to come.”
Mr. Seluchi said rain patterns that have contributed to the drought were manifold and not fully understood. They include La Niña, a weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, climate change, and deforestation in the Amazon and other biomes that play a key role in precipitation cycles.
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