Bolsonaro year 1: Environment

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Photo: Guenter Manaus

Of all the sectors of the Jair Bolsonaro government, the environment is perhaps the one which has undergone the most changes in 2019, a year also marred by a series of ecological tragedies. Meanwhile, experts consulted by The Brazilian Report—including former Environment Minister Marina Silva—say that the worst is yet to come.

Brumadinho. 2019 got off to a horrific start with the collapse of an iron tailings dam in the town of Brumadinho on January 25, killing over 250 people. The government response was reasonably swift, ordering the decommissioning of notoriously precarious “upstream” dams. However, in...

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