A infografia mostra o mapa das terras indígenas e áreas protegidas da Amazónia, bem como a desflorestação entre 2016 e 2019.
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Bolsonaro quer mineração livre nas terras indígenas

By Jordi Bou

February 10, 2020 - O Presidente brasileiro Jair Bolsonaro propõe uma lei controversa para
permitir a exploração comercial de minas em terras indígenas protegidas,
uma medida que os ambientalistas temem que acelere a desflorestação.

The bill to regulate mining including oil and gas projects, as well as hydroelectric dams, on indigenous reservations for the first time, will need to be approved by Congress

Bolsonaro has long railed against Brazil’s indigenous people for occupying too much land, 13% of the country, and hindering economic development of untold mineral resources hidden there, from gold and diamonds to niobium and rare earths.

Brazil is home to about 300 tribes, which mostly oppose commercial mining because they fear it would endanger their fragile local economies and communities. The groups are already under threat from illegal loggers and gold miners.

Deforestation in the Amazon – a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming – soared in 2019, the first year of right-winger Bolsonaro’s presidency.

PUBLISHED: 10/02/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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