South America

"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

"Brazil's Right-Wing Government Puts Gag Order On Environment Agency"

"Brazil’s right-wing government has ordered environmental enforcement agency Ibama not to respond to requests from the media, stoking fears that President Jair Bolsonaro may be rolling back environmental protections out of the public eye."

Source: Reuters, 03/14/2019

"Jair Bolsonaro Launches Assault On Amazon Rainforest Protections"

"Hours after taking office, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched an assault on environmental and Amazon protections with an executive order transferring the regulation and creation of new indigenous reserves to the agriculture ministry – which is controlled by the powerful agribusiness lobby."

Source: Guardian, 01/03/2019


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