Environment

Northeast oil spills pose new environmental headache for Brazil

Northeast oil spills pose new environmental headache for Brazil
Oil stains along the Sergipe coast. Photo: Marcos Rodrigues/Secom

Having barely recovered from the Amazon rainforest fire crisis, Brazil has another environmental matter to worry about. In recent weeks, several oil stains have appeared all across the country’s Northeast border, damaging flora and fauna and making the region’s idyllic beaches unusable. 

It took the government about a month before ordering an effort to clean up some 100 tons of sludge from the coast. So far, 139 areas in nine northeastern Brazilian states have been affected, with reports of deaths of endangered animals, such as sea turtles and bird species.

President Jair Bolsonaro ordered the Federal Police, Navy, the Brazilian...

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