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    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Green-Lights 150+ Pesticides This Year

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro Green-Lights 150+ Pesticides This Year

    By Sue Branford and Thais Borges With the ruralist lobby now in control of key sectors of the federal government, Brazil is rapidly approving new pesticides for use, some of which critics say are either unnecessary or excessively toxic. During the first 100 days of the Jair Bolsonaro administration, the Agriculture Ministry authorized the registration […]

    Will American Museum of Natural History Dignify ‘Tropical Trump’?

    Will American Museum of Natural History Dignify ‘Tropical Trump’?

    The American Museum of Natural History says it is “deeply concerned” about a gala honoring Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro that is scheduled to take place at the museum next month. According to the museum, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce had booked the museum as its venue to give its Person of the Year Award before […]

    Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

    Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

    By Robert T. Walker Over the past 25 years that I have been conducting environmental research in the Amazon, I have witnessed the the ongoing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest. Twenty percent of it has been deforested by now—an area larger than Texas. I therefore grew hopeful when environmental policies began to take effect […]

    Bolsonaro Welcomes Big Business to Brazil, Alarming Environmentalists and Indigenous Groups

    Bolsonaro Welcomes Big Business to Brazil, Alarming Environmentalists and Indigenous Groups

    In his first major international speech, Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro told the politicians and business leaders gathered in Davos this week that he’s opening up his country and its natural resources to foreign investment, all while—somehow—preserving the nation’s environment and biodiversity. “It is now our mission to make progress in harmonizing environmental preservation and […]

    ‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

    ‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

    In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities. They knew he would use his time in office to increase the access of extractive industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Within hours of taking power Tuesday, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for recognizing Indigenous lands to the […]

    Brazil’s New Environment Minister Is Bad News for the Amazon and the Climate

    Brazil’s New Environment Minister Is Bad News for the Amazon and the Climate

    When right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in October, environmental groups raised concerns about what his presidency could mean for the future of the Amazon rainforest and the global fight against climate change. Now, Bolsonaro’s choice for environment minister appears to justify those concerns. In a tweet Sunday, Bolsonaro announced he would […]