Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Brazil to Reinstate Protection for Amazon Reserve

Aerial view of a manganese mine, Serra do Navio, north of Macapa, State of Amapa, Brazil on May 5, 2014 (Credit: De Agostini—Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest, the government announced on Monday, in an about-face that is a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation.

The Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement that President Michel Temer’s administration had decided to revoke an August decree abolishing the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca), an area of roughly 17,800 square miles (46,100 square kilometers) or slightly larger than Denmark.
The reserve covers a section of the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, the preservation of which is seen as essential to soaking up carbon emissions responsible for global warming.

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