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Brazilian Prez hopeful  on a mission to bulldoze the Amazon

Brazil’s presidential hopeful may become the biggest threat to the world’s largest rainforest. Jair Bolsonaro, has said: “No more Paris Agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved highway cutting through the Amazon.” He has reportedly also said he wants to abolish Brazil’s environment ministry, and unleash ‘criminal gangs of loggers and miners’ on the Amazon.

Unfortunately his threats may even come to pass as he currently leads the country’s presidential race, with the next round of voting scheduled for October 28th.

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