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29°47’29″N , 95°18’7″W
Rocinha, built upon a steep hillside overlooking Rio de Janeiro, is the largest favela in Brazil. Covering only .8 square miles, the population of the urbanized slum is estimated somewhere between 70,000 and 200,000. Residents occupy shanties made of concrete and brick that are stacked on top of each other, with some climbing as high as 11 stories.
The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions, particularly in Indonesia, is becoming an increasingly significant source of carbon emissions. Clearing the native trees to allow for the expansion of plantations as seen here in the Malaysian state of Pahang will add more than 558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2020 — an amount greater than all of Canada’s current fossil fuel emissions. The oil is most commonly used as a cooking ingredient in Africa, Asia, and Brazil.
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