Corteva launches Brazil biotech soy, tackles Bayer head-on

Corteva Agriscience said it will start selling biotech soybean seeds in Brazil, as it seeks to bolster its presence in the world’s largest producer of the oilseed and tackle German rival Bayer AG .Corteva said its Enlist soybean seeds can resist three weed killers including glyphosate, ammonium glufosinate and the company’s own new formula containing 2,4-D choline salt.

Source: Yahoo!

Suzano captures over 15 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2020

Suzano, a global benchmark in the manufacture of bioproducts developed from eucalyptus cultivation, removed 15,200,311.6 tons of CO2eq from the atmosphere last year. The initiative is part of the company’s long-term commitment to remove 40 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030.

Source: Portal do Agronegocio

ONS defends the release of more water in two thermoelectric plants

The National Electric System Operator (ONS) wants to release more water from the Furnas and Mascarenha de Moraes reservoirs and hold water in the headwaters of the rivers that supply most of the plants in the country in the coming months. The agency also defends the activation of all thermoelectric plants, which generate more expensive energy, to maintain the governability of the basins throughout the year.

Source: 6 Minutos

ANA declares critical situation of water scarcity in Parana hydrographic region

The National Water and Basic Sanitation Agency published in an extra edition of the Official Gazette of the Union the Declaration of Critical Situation of Quantitative Shortage of Water Resources of the Paraná Hydrographic Region until November 30, 2021. The purpose of the declaration is to recognize the critical situation of quantitative scarcity of water resources and to subsidize the adoption of temporary measures to ensure the multiple uses of water and seek water security.

Source: Canal Energia

Renewable energy certification registers first biogas plant in Brazil

I-REC Standard has registered its first biogas plant in Brazil, UTE Biogás Bonfim. The enterprise, located in Guariba, São Paulo, is one of the largest biogas plants in the world, with 21 MW of installed capacity. I-REC Service is a global energy environmental attributes tracking system designed to facilitate reliable carbon accounting.

Source: Portal do Agronegocio

Sanitation Framework: Brazil deactivates 600 landfills in one year

More than 600 landfills across Brazil have been deactivated in a one-year period, according to a survey by Abetre. The closure of landfills has been being promoted by the Lixão Zero programme, launched in 2019 by the Ministry of Environment. The Sanitation Framework, sanctioned in July 2020, also established the closure of all dumps in Brazil by 2024.

Source: Agencia Brasil

Study shows that 70% of waste in Brazilian seas is plastic

Research by the Brazilian Association of Public Cleaning Companies and Special Waste (Abrelpe) shows that plastic is responsible for 70% of the waste found in Brazilian seas. According to the study, conducted during 2020, Styrofoam is the second most present waste, with a 10% share. The data, released are from the Lixo Fora D’Água project, from Abrelpe, started in 2018.

Source: UOL Noticias

Brazilian agriculture is a development model for other countries in the tropical belt

The tropical agriculture model based on science, technology and innovation implemented in Brazil, which has made the country one of the world’s leading players in the sector, is the way to strengthen developing countries in the tropical belt. Tropical agriculture is one of the ways to reduce hunger and ensure peace and food security in the countries of the Americas, Africa and Asia, said former Agriculture Minister Alysson Paolinelli, nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.

Source: Money Times

Climate change adds pressure on Brazil’s power system

Climate change is suspected to have a direct impact on the Brazilian power sector and consumers’ electricity bills. Between 2016 and 2020, the inflow of water into hydroelectric dams because of rains was well below the average recorded by the National Electricity System Operator (ONS) in a period of almost nine decades: 85.6% in the Southeast/Central-West (the main system in the country), 49.3% in the Northeast, 88.4% in the South and 76.2% in the North.

Source: Valor International