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Pollution and policies threaten Brazil’s water resources

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Brazil’s water resources are under threat. Photo: J.Cruz/ABr

Brazil has some of the most plentiful water resources of any country in the world, counting the planet’s largest river and its second-biggest aquifer among its resources. But a combination of public policies and immunity for companies polluting rivers could render these freshwater sources unserviceable in the near future.

The specter of the Mariana dam burst may have brought socioeconomic devastation and environmental damage to its surroundings, but it failed to generate a change in policy. Samarco, the company responsible for the spill, continues to skirt around legal fines by registering continuous appeals.

But serious pollution crises are still...

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