Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content and are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oil. The engineered sugarcane could become a valuable energy crop.
The region relies on seasonal flooding, yet energy demand is year-round.
As hard-line Pentecostalism spreads across Brazil, some drug traffickers in gang-controlled areas of Rio de Janeiro are using religion as an excuse to attack nonbelievers.
Brazil has been throwing money at Amazonian cattle farmers, hoping they'll adopt 'greener' crops like fruit or corn. A new study shows why loans won't fix the environmental issue presented by ranches.
Is the 61% spike in the price of Brazil nuts this year because we're going nuts for nuts?
The region has welcomed resettled refugees for a few decades, but it has not always gone smoothly.
By 2100, more than 50 per cent of the land now used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. Climate change is changing the game to such an extent that Canada could one day become a coffee producer.
Artists, free speech advocates and gay rights activists in Brazil are dismayed after an LGBTQ-centric exhibit was closed because the subject matter offended evangelical Christians.
The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
Remote tribes are supposedly safeguarded by a UN declaration, yet a recent alleged mass murder shows they are still vulnerable.
For a century, Brazil's Catholic Church has sent holy statues out to parishioners' homes. A new study finds that these visits create a local subeconomy, benefitting families and the church.
In Rio de Janeiro, a stray bullet kills or injures one person every seven hours.
Brazil claims mining and logging will boost the economy and help it protect the environment. But there is little evidence this works.
The sub-imperial formation called BRICS, which pretends to be a progressive global force could be divided by a series of crises.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
The 2017 Global Innovation Index shows that most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean could do much more to tap their innovation potential
The rise of the middle class in Africa is fuelling consumer economies and protection policies. But they tend to be disconnected from sustainability issues.
When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
The great dream of cars running on sustainable petrol has not bitten the dust. Here's why.
The spectacle of two countries confronting systemic corruption and bad government says a lot about the state of Latin American democracy.