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Marina Silva: Brazil’s last great Environment Minister?

Marina Silva: Brazil's last great Environment Minister?
Marina Silva. Photo: Ettore Chiereguini

Marina Silva has become a much-maligned figure of Brazilian politics. Dismissed as a perennial presidential also-ran—having put herself forward for the country’s highest office three times and lost on every attempt—it is easy to forget the vast importance of her contribution to Brazil’s environmental policies, especially during her time as the Environment Minister (2003–2008) under the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Her story is incredible, perhaps going some way toward explaining why the international press has been so fond of her. Born in the rural northern state of Rio Branco, she worked with her father tapping rubber...

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