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Legal tweak could wreck Amazon forest

Publicado em 30 novembro 2018
Proposed changes to legislation that protects areas of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil may be exploited to deforest up to 15 million hectares of land, a study has found. The Forest Code, a regulation approved half a century ago, says that owners of land in the Brazilian rainforest must set aside 80 per cent of their plots for conservation. But as of 2012, the rules were revised so that the proportion can be reduced to 50 per cent, if more than 65 per cent of the state in which the land is [...]