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The impact of Brazil’s election on the Amazon and climate change

Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil would be a disaster for the Amazon and global climate change
The election’s frontrunner is a threat to the Amazon

It is perhaps a cruel irony that, on the same day the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark call for urgent action, Jair Bolsonaro surged to victory in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections. Although the leader of the far-right Partido Social Liberal did not achieve the 50 percent of the popular vote required to win outright, and will now have a runoff against Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party, his rise has posed some painful and divisive questions both within Brazil and beyond.

Mr. Bolsonaro has openly spoken of the need for a military coup and has a record of racist, misogynistic and homophobic views....

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