A car loaded with refuse in one of São Paulo’s slums, photo by Milton Jung CBNSP (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Many of Brazil’s ultra-poor survive by recycling in the cities or farming in the Amazon in underground economies that both harm and help local and global ecology. A similar dichotomy is reflected in Brazil’s legitimate energy and farming markets.

‘If the desecration of the rainforest is Brazil’s carbon footprint, it is ethanol and hydro that ensure that 50% of the country’s energy usage rates as renewable.’


–John Snow, ITN


ITN’s John Snow reports from Brazil on the South American country’s contrasting urbanization and farming; illegal logging, rainforest preservation, deforestation and renewable energy production; waste and recycling; and rich and poor. There are great lessons to be learned – both good and bad – from this nation of massive ecological resources and ingenuity.

Brazil’s eco balance – CNN/ITN