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Main image: Aerial photo of agricultural land near Ipiales, Colombia. Photo by Luis Eduardo Bernal M. 2009. Darío Acevedo, president of CNMH. Photo: CNMH. In February 2019, Darío Acevedo was appointed president of Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory (CNMH) whose objective is to discover...
This article was first published by Mongabay on 27 May. You can read the original here.In April an official from IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency was violently assaulted by loggers and needed hospital treatment in Pará state. The incident was caught on video.The IBAMA operation was targeting illegal deforestation carried out by land grabbers, wishing to convert large...
This article was edited by LAB. The authors’ original text (in Portuguese) can be found here. The authors argue that the acceleration of Amazonian deforestation and environmental degradation —powered by successive blows from Bolsonaro’s government to neuter environmental protection policies — in a region where public healthcare is at best precarious, has amplified the...
‘The pandemic will bring tremendous personal health risk to smallholder coffee farmers around the globe, but also a series of financial risks, including market access, global demand, credit access and more.’ (David Browning CEO of Enveritas) It is estimated that in the first month of COVID-19’s rapid spread, 80 per cent...
Brazil's president Bolsonaro has ridiculed the coronavirus crisis as being a mere flu, outraging health professionals and going against most members of his own government, including the (now ex-) health minister Mandetta, the notorious Lula-jailing Justice Minister Sergio Moro, and the military. Ronaldo Caiado, Governor of Goias. Image: Agência Sendado/Wikimedia
Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Brazil, with 1,378 deaths as of April 15, though some experts say this is an underestimate. Those figures continue growing, even as President Jair Bolsonaro downplays the crisis, calling it “no worse than a mild flu,” and places the economy above public health.Scientists warn that the next emergent pandemic...
Forest degradation nearly doubled in the Brazilian Amazon last year, rising from 4,946 square kilometers in 2018, to 9,167 square kilometers in 2019. Experts say this is likely due to soaring illegal timber harvesting and export under President Jair Bolsonaro.To facilitate illegal harvesting of rare and valuable timber, like that of the...
The anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro discusses indigenous resistance in the Amazon, the indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, and his pessimism about the climate crisis Translated by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original, longer interview, (in Portuguese) here. This is the third in a series of articles written and published in Portuguese...
In 2017, Brazilian authorities decided to ban paraquat because of its links to Parkinson’s disease. But since then, imports have increased, and restrictions have been relaxed due to pressure from foreign chemical companies. Translated by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. This is the second in a series of articles...
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro aroused global indignation in November when he affirmed: ‘Look, you’re not going to do away with deforestation, or the burning – its cultural’. But if he had said: ‘Look, you’re not going to do away with deforestation or the burning, because they are supported by federal laws passed before I became president’, he would have been closer to...

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