Attempt to weaken Brazil law protecting forests fails

FILE PHOTO: The Amazon rain forest (L), bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, is pictured in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – An attempt by Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and lawmakers backed by big agriculture to weaken environmental laws protecting the Amazon forest and other biomes has failed, as Congress will not vote into law a decree that weakened existing legislation. Government whip Senator Fernando Bezerra said that temporary presidential decree 876, which […]

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