Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Drought brings Amazon tributary to lowest level in a century

Boats left stranded in the Amazon basin near Manaus
One of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river has fallen to its lowest level in over a century, following a fierce drought that has isolated tens of thousands of rainforest inhabitants and raised concerns about the possible impact of climate change on the region.

Photo courtesy of Raimundo Valentim/EPA/CORBIS


  1. Maybe I just haven't been paying attention, but I have heard nothing about this drought on the news. Of course, mainstream news in the U.S. tends to ignore stories that don't have a direct effect on the well-being of U.S. citizens, no matter how big the impact might be on others. I lived in Brazil's northeast for a while, in the sertão, which was frequently plagued by droughts. Fortunately we had plenty of rainfall during my time there. Somehow, I never imagined there would be a drought in the Amazon region. Very sad, indeed.

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    Que 2011 seja pleno de realizações!


  3. I never thought there could be a drought in the Amazon. Also, if technology companies have nothing better to do then come up phones and gadgets exactly the same as the ones they made last year, but smaller, then why don't they spend time thinking about the environmental issues that are progressively worsening?

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