NEW AQ: The Case for Sustainable Development in the Amazon

By AQ Online

Brazil and other countries could one day become “green superpowers.” But first they’ll need to stop deforestation, and make it easier to do business too.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon | Ler em português | Leer en español Half a century ago, during Brazil’s military dictatorship of the 1960s and '70s, magazines burst with propaganda portraying the Amazon as a “Green Hell” to be conquered at all costs. “Here, we defeated the forest!” boasted one ad showing bulldozers and fallen trees. In the decades since, an area bigger than Texas and Pennsylvania combined has been razed, reducing the forest’s area by some 20%, mostly to make room for cattle ranches, soy farms and...

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