Rio contrasts: Flowers, favela (Vidigal) and Leblon’s posh beaches. Visit @CatComm for favela residents’ development concerns.

An @AmazonWatch roundup on Brasilia protests over threats to indigenous rights:
Blog: Notes from Brasilia: Pepper Spray, Turned Away and 513 Years of Fighting for Indigenous Rights

Blog: Protests Sweep Brazil Demanding End to Attack on Indigenous Rights

Photo gallery: National Indigenous Mobilization in Brasilia

Article: Brazilian Police Stop Indians from Storming Congress (Reuters)
Action alert: Take a Stand for Indigenous Rights and Territories in Brasil!

Nice surprise. “The Burning Season” (Spanish subtitles) — HBO film based on my 1990 book, directed by the late great John Frankenheimer and starring Raul Julia, Edward James Olmos, Luis Guzman and more —  is posted on YouTube (for now at least). Sadly not on DVD or Netflix so watch it here while you can. 

"In the environmental movement, our defeats are always final, our victories always provisional. What you save today can still be destroyed tomorrow, you see - and so often is."

— Jose Lutzenberger 1992 quote, recalled on @dotearth.

Via @mongabay, images showing un-contacted tribes in Colombia. (Photo by Cristóbal von Rothkirch, courtesy of Colombian National Parks Unit and Amazon Conservation Team.)

Via @mongabay, images showing un-contacted tribes in Colombia. (Photo by Cristóbal von Rothkirch, courtesy of Colombian National Parks Unit and Amazon Conservation Team.)