Taking a turn towards statistics

The last post I wrote was a general compilation of the year of 2019 for Brazil's environment. It was mostly a qualitative and analytical approach to a number of events — but of course far from a rigorous scientific process, as this isn't my approach for the blog. But a lot happened throughout the year… Continue reading Taking a turn towards statistics


From a Dam Disaster to the Amazon Fires – a tough year for Brazil’s Environment

Brazil experienced a tough year in 2019 when it comes to the environment. It saw the dismantling of federal environmental governance, a dam disaster, oil spills and the Amazon fires. It saw the president utter absurd statements, give up hosting the COP25, and question data from INPE — the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research… Continue reading From a Dam Disaster to the Amazon Fires – a tough year for Brazil’s Environment

Brazil’s National Environment Policy (Law 6.938/81)

Brazil's National Environmental Policy — Política Nacional do Meio Ambiente, more commonly known in Portuguese as PNMA — is the policy that puts into practice Art. 225 from the Federal Constitution, aiming to regulate activities that may affect the environment. This policy dates from 1981, before the Constitution of 1988 and within the global context… Continue reading Brazil’s National Environment Policy (Law 6.938/81)

The Green New Deal

On February 7, 2019, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey released the Green New Deal resolution, a document that has since been widely discussed, endorsed and criticised. This resolution declares 5 goals and 14 projects for tackling climate change and social welfare. I personally believe this to have been a giant step for the… Continue reading The Green New Deal

Decision-Support tool: the DPSIR framework

The DPSIR framework is one of the four decision-support tools I am learning in my Environmental Management & Ethics course. The other three are cost-benefit analysis; stakeholder analysis and technology assessment. In this post I'll write what is the DPSIR and present a case study I submitted for the course. So, the DPSIR framework was… Continue reading Decision-Support tool: the DPSIR framework

Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

Brazil's Water Resources Management Policy (law 9.433/97) is a document that establishes 1. important directives for the country's water management and 2. the main instrument for such management: a National Water Resources Management System (in Portuguese, SINGREH). There's no official translation to English for this policy, so the snippets I post here will be my… Continue reading Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

Deep Ecology — an introduction

In 1972, Arne Næss, a norwegian philosopher, introduced the concept of Deep Ecology during a presentation at the Third World Future Research Conference in Bucharest. He juxtaposed two types of environmentalism: Long-range deep ecology movement This is the movement that questions our values, morals, systems and society practices in depth — hence the term deep… Continue reading Deep Ecology — an introduction

The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution

It may seem otherwise, but Brazil has very strong and comprehensive environmental policies, some of which are even models internationally. Though these policies encounter severe difficulty in being implemented and surveilled, they provide a good framework for environmental analysis in various sectors (water resources, forestries and waste management, for instance). Since last year I studied… Continue reading The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the United Nations came together in New York to set the agenda for the interval of 2015-2030 following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the latter set for the period of 2000 to 2015 and having been moderately successful. The MDGs set 08 goals and 17 targets to be reached by 2015 (you can… Continue reading The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

International Environmental Politics: a timeline

While studying International Environmental Politics, I've always found myself very confused with all the treaties, bodies, agencies and documents. I couldn't form a timeline in my head and I often found myself confusing one conference for another 10 years apart. So I decided to put together a timeline here to make understanding and referencing this… Continue reading International Environmental Politics: a timeline