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Fundão tailings dam failures: the environment tragedy of the largest technological disaster of Brazilian mining in global context
Flávio Fonseca do Carmo, Luciana Hiromi Yoshino Kamino, Rogério Tobias Junior, Iara Christina de Campos, Felipe Fonseca do Carmo, Guilherme Silvino, Kenedy Junio da Silva Xavier de Castro, Mateus Leite Mauro, Nelson Uchoa Alonso Rodrigues, Marcos Paulo de Souza Miranda, Carlos Eduardo Ferreira Pinto
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:145-51
7572
Highlights

  • The collapse of the Fundão dam was the major environmental disaster of the world mining industry.

  • We identify with high resolution satellite images the ecosystems and cultural heritage damage.

  • Contrary to post-disaster expectations, there was a setback in environmental legal planning.

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6019
Sustainability of Jaborandi in the eastern Brazilian Amazon
Cecilio Frois Caldeira, Tereza Cristina Giannini, Silvio Junio Ramos, Santelmo Vasconcelos, Simone Kuster Mitre, Jakeline Prata de Assis Pires, Gracialda Costa Ferreira, Selma Ohashi, José Aroudo Mota, Alexandre Castilho, Jose Oswaldo Siqueira, Antonio Eduardo Furtini Neto
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:161-71
6019
Highlights

  • Pilocarpus microphyllus is the main source of the medicament for glaucoma treatment.

  • Absence of sustainable management increases the risk of extinction of the species.

  • We review our understanding of P. microphyllus and propose conservation strategies.

  • New potential areas of natural occurrence of P. microphyllus are proposed.

  • Well synchronized vegetative and reproductive patterns in field growing plants.

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5903
Dismantling Brazil's science threatens global biodiversity heritage
G. Wilson Fernandes, Mariana M. Vale, Gerhard E. Overbeck, Mercedes M.C. Bustamante, Carlos E.V. Grelle, Helena Godoy Bergallo, William E. Magnusson, Alberto Akama, Suelen S. Alves, André Amorim, Joaquim Araújo, Claudia Franca Barros, Freddy Bravo, Marcelo J. Veiga Carim, Rui Cerqueira, Rosane Garcia Collevatti, Guarino R. Colli, Catia Nunes da Cunha, Paulo Sergio D’Andrea, José Carmine Dianese, Soraia Diniz, Pedro Cordeiro Estrela, Mariluce R.M. Fernandes, Carla Suertegaray Fontana, Leandro L. Giacomin, Luis Fernando P. Gusmão, Flora Acuña Juncá, Ana Carolina Borges Lins-e-Silva, Celia R.A.S. Lopes, Maria Lucia Lorini, Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz, Luiz R. Malabarba, Beatriz Schwantes Marimon, Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Marcia C.M. Marques, Bruno M. Martinelli, Marlucia Bonifacio Martins, Hermes Fonseca de Medeiros, Marcelo Menin, Paula Benevides de Morais, Francisca Helena Muniz, Selvino Neckel-Oliveira, João Alves de Oliveira, Reyjane P. Oliveira, Fernando Pedroni, Jerry Penha, Luciana R. Podgaiski, Domingos J. Rodrigues, Aldicir Scariot, Luís Fábio Silveira, Marcos Silveira, Walfrido Moraes Tomas, Marcos J. Salgado Vital, Valério D. Pillar
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:239-43
5903
Highlights

  • Robust information on biodiversity patterns and trends is important for public policies for nature conservation and sustainable development.

  • Current Brazilian policy of cuts in science puts research programs and long term monitoring of biodiversity at risk.

  • Reduced spending will have long-term negative impacts on capacity building in science and technology.

  • Cuts will reduce Brazil's capability to predict, mitigate negative impacts of, and adapt to global environmental changes.

  • Cuts will result in less effective and efficient conservation strategies, threatening ecosystem services and human well-being, and in failure to reach the National Targets for Biodiversity 2011–2020.

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5753
The South Brazilian grasslands – A South American tallgrass prairie? Parallels and implications of fire dependency
G.E. Overbeck, J.D. Scasta, F.F. Furquim, I.I. Boldrini, J.R. Weir
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:24-30
5753
Highlights

  • South Brazilian and North American tallgrass grasslands show botanical similarity.

  • Fire appears to have a similar ecological role in both regions.

  • Fire as ecological process and conservation tool is undervalued in Brazil.

  • Brazilian grassland conservation might benefit from North American experiences.

  • Comparative ecological studies will improve our understanding of grassland ecology.

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5746
Rewilding South America: Ten key questions
Meredith Root-Bernstein, Mauro Galetti, Richard J. Ladle
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:271-81
5746
Highlights

  • Rewilding is more than species (re-)introductions.

  • Rewilding also produces ecological restoration and social impacts.

  • South American projects can develop contextually appropriate rewilding approaches.

  • There are many opportunities to study and implement rewilding in South America.

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5523
Deforestation control in the Brazilian Amazon: A conservation struggle being lost as agreements and regulations are subverted and bypassed
William D. Carvalho, Karen Mustin, Renato R. Hilário, Ivan M. Vasconcelos, Vivianne Eilers, Philip M. Fearnside
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2019;17:122-30
5523
Highlights

  • Brazil's regulations governing deforestation and logging are often circumvented.

  • Agreements with soy and beef companies are important but need strengthening.

  • Effectiveness of commodity agreements is diminished by laundering and leakage.

  • Timber harvest and transportation permits are open to widespread fraud.

  • Ways exist to reduce circumvention of commodity agreements and regulations.

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5518
Rewilding ecological communities and rewiring ecological networks
Mathias Mistretta Pires
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:257-65
5518
Highlights

  • Rewilding envisages restoring ecosystem functions by counteracting defaunation.

  • Interactions affect the fate of introduced individuals and community responses.

  • Network models help predicting how an introduced species integrates the food web.

  • Networks can help predicting and monitoring community-level outcomes.

  • Feasibility and risk analyses of rewilding can benefit from a network approach.

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5480
Introducing digital cameras to monitor plant phenology in the tropics: applications for conservation
Bruna Alberton, Ricardo da S. Torres, Leonardo F. Cancian, Bruno D. Borges, Jurandy Almeida, Greice C. Mariano, Jefersson dos Santos, Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:82-90
5480
Highlights

  • Leaf phenology monitoring using digital cameras in tropical vegetation.

  • Digital images can track temporal changes in the vegetation structure.

  • Phenocams are potential tools for conservation biology.

  • Phenocams for tropical phenology monitoring are a promising research field in Brazil.

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5365
Restoring Brazil's road margins could help the country offset its CO2 emissions and comply with the Bonn and Paris Agreements
G.W. Fernandes, A. Banhos, N.P.U. Barbosa, M. Barbosa, H.G. Bergallo, C.G. Loureiro, G.E. Overbeck, R. Solar, B.B.N. Strassburg, M.M. Vale
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:105-12
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Highlights

  • The restoration of usually degraded roadsides is proposed.

  • Thousands of hectares are readily available for restoration in Brazil.

  • This corresponds to US$ 26.5 billion in the carbon market.

  • The restoration of these wasted public lands can stimulate ecological restoration.

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5340
Understanding Brazil’s catastrophic fires: Causes, consequences and policy needed to prevent future tragedies
Vânia R. Pivello, Ima Vieira, Alexander V. Christianini, Danilo Bandini Ribeiro, Luciana da Silva Menezes, Christian Niel Berlinck, Felipe P.L. Melo, José Antonio Marengo, Carlos Gustavo Tornquist, Walfrido Moraes Tomas, Gerhard E. Overbeck
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:233-55
5340
Highlights

  • Fire incidence in Brazil increased in 2019−2020, with unprecedented magnitude in the Pantanal.

  • Fire effects vary according to the evolutionary history of the affected ecosystem.

  • A drier climate and land use changes increase the risk of wildfires throughout Brazil.

  • Poor governance further exacerbates the risk and damage of wildfires.

  • Fire policies must be improved by collaboration among different sectors of the society.

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