Brazil: 21st Century Giant

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  • Brazil: 21st Century Giant
    • MANAUS
      • 'Oasis of industry in the rainforest'
      • Over the past 20 yrs, the city has doubled in size
      • 2 million population
      • MANAUS BRIDGE
        • Cost $400 million
        • 3.5 km long
        • Brazil set to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure in the next 10 yrs
        • Forced to destroy the rainforest
        • Each aspect of the bridge came from within Brazil
    • ALTA FLORESTA
      • 50,000 population
      • Cattle & Cow
      • 80% of deforestation in Brazil is for cattle farming
      • Cattle farming is a $7 billion, growing industry
      • 200 billion head of cattle
    • AMAZON RAINFOREST
      • Home to over 1/2 of world's animals
      • Vital for finding medicines
      • The natural resources in the Amazon are exploited by Drug Companies
      • The Amazon absorbs 1/4 of the world's carbon emissions
      • Illegal loggers are a big problem
      • Although the fellers are caught, the ring masters aren't
      • pharmaceutical industry worth $75 billion
    • SAO LUIS
      • 280 million tonnes of iron ore exported last year
      • 1 million tonnes of iron ore stored there
      • Provides countries like China with essentials to develop
      • Billions of $ of profit per year
    • GOLD
      • Gold fishers get 30/40 grams daily
      • Now legal as long as:
        • They don't use mercury to purify the gold
        • They restore the sea bed before they leave
      • In 2010, gold prices soared
        • So profits at single rivers are now around $20 million

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