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Political threats to Brazil’s environment

The current front-runner for Brazil’s presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, member of the right-wing Social Liberal Party, proposes to abolish Brazil’s ministry of environment, hand control of agricultural policies to politicians who advocate reducing land conservation and expanding agricultural lands, withdraw Brazil from the Paris Agreement on climate change, and open indigenous lands to mining.

Bolsonaro, who has been accused of homophobia, racism and misogyny and who has spoken in favour of dictatorship, has gained popularity among voters through his anti-corruption stance, socially conservative values and promises of being tough on crime. Brazil’s presidency will not be decided until the final voting round later in October.

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource resource What is land use and land use change?

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16 Oct 2018
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Image: Neil Palmer, Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
Image: Neil Palmer, Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
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