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Brazil's Amazon deforestation surges 67% in May as Bolsonaro pledges fall flat

Jun 11 2021

BRASILIA Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose for a third consecutive month in May, preliminary government data showed on Friday, with President Jair Bolsonaro yet to follow through on his April pledge to boost funding for environmental enforcement.

Scientists warn of bad year for fires in Brazil's Amazon and wetlands

May 27 2021

(Corrects affiliation of disaster monitoring center in paragraph 5)

Brazil environment minister targeted in wood-smuggling probe

May 19 2021

BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazilian police on Wednesday searched properties connected to Environment Minister Ricardo Salles and other officials in a probe of allegations they allowed illegal exports of timber from the Amazon region to the United States and Europe.

Brazil's lower house passes bill to ease environmental permits

May 13 2021

BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil's lower house of Congress has approved a bill fiercely contested by environmental groups that would loosen licensing requirements for infrastructure, mining and farming projects.

Brazil's lower house passes bill to ease environmental permits

May 13 2021

BRASILIA, May 13 Brazil's lower house of Congress has approved a bill fiercely contested by environmental groups to loosen licensing requirements for infrastructure, mining, agriculture and other projects.

Brazil to halt Sinovac vaccine production as Chinese supplies held up

May 12 2021

SAO PAULO (Reuters) -Brazil will run out of raw materials to produce Sinovac Biotech Ltd's COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, as a supply shipment has been held up in Chinese export clearance, authorities in the state of Sao Paulo said on Wednesday.

Retailers, investors urge Brazil to scrap bill seen boosting deforestation

May 04 2021

LONDON/BRASILIA A group of European companies including Tesco and Marks & Spencer have threatened to stop using Brazilian agricultural commodities if the country's Congress passes a law expanding property rights for squatters on public land.

Coca-Cola the latest global brand to 'Adopt a Park' in Brazil rainforest

Apr 28 2021

BRASILIA Coca-Cola Co on Wednesday agreed to sponsor a protected reserve in the Amazon rainforest, joining beer maker Heineken and a growing list of global corporations signing up to the Brazilian government's "Adopt a Park" program.

Brazil cuts environment spending one day after U.S. climate summit pledge

Apr 23 2021

BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro approved a 24% cut to the environment budget for 2021 from last year's level, according to official numbers published on Friday, just one day after he vowed to increase spending to fight deforestation.

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