Brazil experienced a biofuel boom in March 2007, topping out at second in world output behind the USA. The fermentation of sugars produced motor fuel that lowered carbon dioxide emissions, and Brazil became a model for how it was possible to stop relying on fossil fuels.
Brazilian and British scientists have been examining the heavy smoke plumes from wildfires in the Amazon, gathering data, to understand how the burning of biomass in South America is affecting the local weather and air quality. This might help close crucial gaps in climate models about how the process changes the Earth’s radiation balance.
According to a new survey of Brazil’s Atlantic forests, mammal extinctions are occurring at least twice as fast as previous estimates suggested. Jaguars, lowland tapirs, woolly spider-monkeys, and giant anteaters are almost absent from Brazil’s northeastern forests, which are among the most ancient and threatened tropical ecosystems on Earth.
A small town in northeastern Brazil, in the state of Maranhão, was greeted by a 110-pound metal sphere that came crashing down. Locals from Riacho dos Poços reported that the crash sounded like a plane had fallen or an earthquake.
This was one of the matches that I was really looking forward too, and I wasn’t disappointed. Who could have predicted the result?
The Netherlands were trailing at half-time, thanks to a great goal by Rubinho. The Brazilians were in control and it looked like the Dutch were soon going to be heading home. Luckily, things got interesting in the 2nd half.
Arjen Robben led his squad to victory in a surprising second half. Things were heating up and Robben fed Sneijder masterfully for the first Dutch goal at the 53rd minute. This was actually an own goal done by Melo, but FIFA ruled that Sneijder deserved it more. Anyway, it was a great shot that came from far away, there was nothing that the Brazilians could do about this.
After this, it seemed that the Brazilian team broke down. They were booked a few more times, their frustration was apparent. Sneijder scored with a header that sealed the deal. There was still plenty of time left (17 minutes), but the South Americans got even more frustrated. Melo got a red card for stamping Robben in an unsporting fashion.