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MWH: Global Conflicts (Limited Resources: Brazil)  

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Background Information

Tension over limited resources is a factor in most conflicts, although not always the primary cause.  Conflicts may arise between business interests and environmental groups, those in power who benefit from the sale or use of resources and those without power wishing to increase their access to the resources, and multinational corporations and domestic companies. 

Half of Brazil’s farmland belongs to 4% of the population.  There are concerns about the loss of the rainforests, environmental damage, and the impact on indigenous people caused by farming, mining, logging, and drilling.


  • resources
  • "business interests"
  • "environmental groups"
  • rainforest
  • "indigenous people
  • farming
  • mining
  • logging
  • drilling
  • agrarian

    Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

    How can knowledge of global conflicts help us predict and avoid conflicts in the future?

    What is the primary cause of each conflict?

    • Political Ideology?
    • Self-determination?
    • Limited Resources?
    • National Identity?
    • Religious Differences?
    • Ethnic Differences?

    Who are the people involved? Why are they involved?

    How did the conflict start? Has it ended?

    What has happened as a result of the conflict?


    Assignment Specifics

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      Search Strategies

      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
      • Be creative (newspaper articles, interviews, political cartoons, and more)

      Some search terms to try:

      • "limited resources"
      • farmland, "land use"
      • access
      • deforestation
      • "environmental damage"
      • "business interests"
      • conflict, dispute
      • people
      • maps
      • chronology, start, "major events", timeline
      • impact, result, outcome, consequences
      • economical cost, refugees, casualties
      • strategy
      • statistics, data
      • scope
      • 2000s, 1990s




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          Other global conflicts have also centered on limited resources - water, land use, oil, gold, coffee, coal, diamonds, natural gas, and mining rights. 


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