Brazilian president to veto 'catastrophic' forest code

  • by: KELLY ROGERS
  • target: Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff,

The proposed new Brazilian forest code, pushed through parliament by the powerful farming lobby in the face of national opposition, would provide an amnesty for landowners who have illegally cleared forests in the past and will allow deforestation in previously protected areas like mountain tops and beside rivers. According to environment groups, it could allow loggers to chop down more of the Amazon than has been possible in the last 50 years.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/11/petition-brazil-president-veto-forest-code?newsfeed=true

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