Brazil promises `greenest World Cup`

Brazil announced a package of pollution-cutting measures aimed at making this year`s World Cup more environmentally friendly, ranging from an emissions-trading scheme to a "green passport" smart-phone application.

Deforestation of Brazil`s Amazon jumps 28 percent

The Brazilian government said Thursday that deforestation of its Amazon rainforest rose by 28 percent over the period of August 2012 to July 2013.