South America

Satellites Show Amazon Deforestation Rising Under Brazil's Bolsonaro

"Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system, as experts pointed to activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under President Jair Bolsonaro."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2019

Indigenous Women Lead Untraditional Fight For Land Rights In Brazil

"Brazil’s indigenous women have been overturning tradition to step into the spotlight and lead an international push to defend their tribal land rights, which are up against the greatest threat they have faced in years under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro."

Source: Reuters, 04/30/2019

"Brazil’s Pesticide Industry Is Creating Massive PFOS Contamination"

"While much of the world struggles to clean up contamination from the toxic industrial compound PFOS, Brazil is still adding to the massive environmental mess with its large-scale production, use, and export of sulfluramid, a pesticide that degrades into PFOS."

Source: The Intercept, 04/30/2019

"Miner Vale Quashed Dam Safety Audit Efforts Before Brazil Disaster"

"Executives at Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner, quashed efforts by Brazilian authorities to audit one of the company’s mining dams months before it collapsed and killed over 300 people, a state prosecutor was quoted as saying by news website G1 on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 03/21/2019


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