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Brazil Doesn't Have to Choose Between the Environment and the Economy

August 01, 2019

As a candidate, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro promised to undo environmental regulations. As president, he has made good on that promise and more – pushing a slate of anti-environment measures that, if enacted, would sabotage years of progress on environmental protection and jeopardize large tracts of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna. That spells trouble both for Brazil’s economy and the global fight against climate change.  

Brazil started to develop an environmental protection system in the 1980s. Like most countries, this system remains anchored in the principle that those who...

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