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Another dam fails in Brazil – Bolsonaro must not respond by gutting protections

Environmental regulations are not arbitrary hurdles for enterprise, if this government erodes them how many more people will be buried beneath the mud? — There’s an old saying in Brazil that lightning doesn’t strike twice. On Friday, January 25th, we were all shocked to discover that it does. In the state of Minas Gerais, a …

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World’s three biggest rainforests face year of precarious politics

Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia all face a year of political flux placing their vast rainforests in peril — Political uncertainty hangs over large swathes of the world’s tropical forests this year, raising the risk of more destruction and carbon emissions. Recent leadership changes in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo, …

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Bolsonaro’s Davos speech promised anguish in indigenous lands

Presenting an acceptable Brazil to global investors, the president failed to mention measures he has taken that are already fuelling violence in indigenous lands — The first speech by president Jair Bolsonaro on an international stage, on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland causes immense concern to Brazil’s indigenous peoples. When Bolsonaro …

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Brazil’s natural resources open for business, says Bolsonaro

In first overseas speech, president says he will strike balance between environment and “much-needed economic development” — Brazil is a land of forests, minerals and business opportunities, president Jair Bolsonaro said in his first international speech on Tuesday. “I want to introduce to all of you the new Brazil we are building,” Bolsonaro told the …

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Six big questions as Brazil’s new president heads to Davos

After months of rhetoric and speculation, what Jair Bolsonaro will actually deliver for Brazil’s people and the Amazon will hinge on these questions — Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the World Economic Forum in bullish mood. His message is simple: I am the man to boost economic growth, cut corruption and attract new …

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Brazil to review Paris Agreement status, says Bolsonaro environment minister

Ricardo de Aquino Salles, a close ally of farming interests, was named as minister on Sunday, he said the conversation about global warming was ‘secondary’ — Brazil’s far right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has picked a staunch ‘beef caucus’ ally to lead his environment department. Ricardo de Aquino Salles, a 43-year-old lawyer, recently won the backing …

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Brazil reneges on hosting UN climate talks under Bolsonaro presidency

Reversal comes two months after country agreed to host COP25 conference in 2019 – and one month after far-right climate sceptic won election — Brazil has abandoned plans to host crucial UN climate talks in 2019 amid growing signs of the anti-internationalism of the new government being formed by president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The foreign ministry …

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‘Sad surprise’: Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

Scientists in Brazil find first evidence of plastic pollution in Amazon basin freshwater fish — Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife. Tests on the stomach contents of fish …

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Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48 — (PARIS, France) More than 200 environmental activists were murdered in 2017 as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture multinationals soared, a global rights watchdog warned on …

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