Forest Code

President Dilma - veto this Amazon forest code hatchet job

Posted by bex — 26 April 2012 at 1:51pm - Comments
Jaguar in the Amazon rainforest
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The Amazon is the planet's largest remaining rainforest, teeming with more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth.

Following years of intense pressure from the agribusiness sector, Brazil's parliament yesterday afternoon approved sweeping reforms to the country's forest protection law that spell destruction for the Amazon rainforest.

Time to keep promises on protecting the Amazon

Posted by sebastianbock — 25 November 2011 at 7:00am - Comments
Burning pasture in the Amazon
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Deforestation in the Amazon will increase if changes to the Forest Code are passed

Copenhagen, December 2009: amidst the general feeling of disappointment due to the lack of leadership at the UN climate conference, Brazil is responsible for one of the very few rays of hope: the chief of cabinet announces a set of very ambitious environmental targets, including a commitment to a 80 per cent reduction in deforestation by 2020. The chief of cabinet's name? Dilma Rousseff. Her job today? President of Brazil.

Rising high to tell Brazilian president to stop the chainsaws

Posted by jamie — 28 October 2011 at 2:00pm - Comments
Hot air balloon rises over Manaus in the Amazon, bearing the message 'Stop the c
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Hot air balloon rises over Manaus in the Amazon, bearing the message 'Stop the chainsaws'

Stephanie Goodwin, a Greenpeace forest campaigner based in Brazil, blogs from the heart of the Amazon.

Almost one year ago to the day, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said something that made a lot of sense: “Brazil can expand its agricultural production without cutting.”  I agree. One year later, however, the president appears more focused on infrastructure projects that will cause further deforestation, rather than to stop it.

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