Brazil does away with laws to protect large swathes of rainforest

Telegraph: The bill, which now goes to the Senate, was initially intended as a measure to rein in unfettered logging, and increase protections of Brazil's forested areas, which play an important role in reducing greenhouse gases. But farm-based economic interests prevailed against environmentalists in reshaping the bill to ease restrictions that have been in place since 1965 and are credited with curbing deforestation. "The Chamber of Deputies (on Tuesday) turned what was a forest protection law into......

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