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In the Wake of Rio+20, Will Brazil Walk the Talk?

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In the Wake of Rio+20, Will Brazil Walk the Talk?
Due to the recent oil and gas discoveries, the World Bank's Sustainable Development Department of the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LCSSD) anticipates that by 2030 Brazil's growing dependency on fossil fuels will produce 22 percent of all the CO2 emissions in the region. The Rio+20 conference focused on the environmental challenges that currently plague the host country and discussed the importance of environmental responsibility in order to sustain other cruical industries, such as agriculture and cattle ranching, and the protection of the country's water, land, and mineral supply.

This report was prepared by Veronica Salas, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

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Tourism Stays Strong, Despite Violence in Mexico
Tourism has experienced some setbacks as a result of the widespread and heavily-publicized violence associated with the Mexican drug war. However following the 15 percent plunge of tourist revenue in 2009, the efforts to revitalize the industry by the Calderon administration have been successful.
This report was prepared by Carla Hinson, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
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