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Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

By Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño
The New York Times
July 27, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining. Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one point, Brazil’s success in slowing the deforestation rate made it an international example. …But with the election of President Jair Bolsonaro… Brazil has changed course. …While campaigning for president last year, Mr. Bolsonaro declared that Brazil’s vast protected lands were an obstacle to economic growth and promised to open them up to commercial exploitation. Seven months into his term, that is already happening. Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover since Mr. Bolsonaro took office. [a NY Times subscription is required to access the full story]

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