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Brazil has been nicknamed the Saudi Arabia of water, but Brazil is currently facing a severe drought, brought on by a combination of La Niña weather patterns in the Pacific and deforestation in both the Amazon rainforest (a major source of the Amazon River) and the less well-known Atlantic Forest (a major source of the Paraná River). Low water levels are reducing hydroelectric power output (the source of two-thirds of Brazil's electricity), reducing or halting river transportation, threatening crops, increasing fire risk, and squeezing drinking water supplies. This is Brazil's third "once in a century" drought in the past 20 years. www.batimes.com.ar/news/economy/historic-drought-threatens-brazils-economy.phtml
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