Latin America’s biggest economy, Brazil, is betting on vast offshore oil treasures to leapfrog ahead of the world’s top crude producers. But sometimes the obstacles seem too huge for the country to reach its ambitious targets. Meanwhile, the fuel-guzzling United States hopes that a friendly country like Brazil will help wean it off an unhealthy dependency on other, drama-prone oil suppliers. Will Brazil fit the bill?
A Brazilian climate change panel predicts rainfall in the country's northeast could diminish by 40 percent by the end of this century. But scientists and statisticians in the region who spoke to GlobalPost poured scorn on the notion that the recent drought is connected to climate change.
RECIFE — In economic terms, northeastern Brazil's drought was the fourth-worst natural disaster to hit the planet last year, costlier than even the western United States drought, for a total cost of almost $9 billion, according to analysts. And in much of the region it's ongoing.
SERRA TALHADA, Brazil — Subsistence farmers across the northeast tell the same story: The drought has cut deeply into their savings, their investments in animals and farmland, but it’s never cut into their dinner plates.
NEW YORK — Some of the largest nations on Earth — including Afghanistan, Brazil and India, not to mention the United States — will hold important elections in the coming year, any of which could affect the global political landscape profoundly.