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⚠️ Brazil could reduce size of the Amazon

Good morning! This week, how Congress plans to diminish Amazon rainforest protections. The new imbroglio at Petrobras. And how Brazil is failing poorer workers.

Congress has a plan to diminish the ‘Legal Amazon’

amazon Cattle ranching at forest area in Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso. Photo: Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress
Amazon under threat: Cattle ranching at a forest area in Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso. Photo: Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress

House Speaker Arthur Lira greenlit discussions over a bill that would essentially remove the state of Mato Grosso, a Brazilian agricultural powerhouse, from the area known as the “Legal Amazon.”

What is it? The “Legal Amazon” is larger than the actual rainforest within the Brazilian territory and spreads across half of Brazilian territory, taking in nine states. It is a political concept created during the military dictatorship...

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