Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro was not a friend of the environment – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Experts say fires are taking the world's largest rainforest to a tipping point, after which it will no longer produce enough rain to sustain itself.

Experts say fires are taking the world’s largest rainforest to a tipping point, after which it will no longer produce enough rain to sustain itself.

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There is one global threat that hasn’t made headlines given the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, but is just as dangerous: the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which has taken place in the first four months of this year.

According to the Brazilian National Space Research Institute INPE, a government agency, 754 square miles of the Brazilian Amazon were destroyed between January and April, a 69% increase over the same period in 2021.

In April, clearing of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest by loggers, ranchers and miners set a new record for the month. Studies show that several parts of the Amazon are already releasing more carbon dioxide than they are absorbing, compounding the global climate crisis.

Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups blame right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro for rampant destruction of the Amazon. Bolsonaro has vowed to end the illegal exploitation of the Amazon by 2030, but at the same time he has suggested that more farming and mining in the region will help reduce poverty.

“The sustained levels of deforestation are a direct result of President Bolsonaro’s sabotage of environmental legislation in Brazil,” Greenpeace Brazil’s André Freitas said in a statement. “The people who perpetuate illegal deforestation go unpunished as only 2% of deforestation alerts in recent years have been investigated by authorities.”

Criticism of the Bolsonaro government’s weak law enforcement in the Amazon has mounted following the recent disappearances of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous peoples expert Bruno Araújo. They disappeared while traveling to a remote area of ​​the forest to report on illegal fishing and hunting.

Last week, senior US and Brazilian officials discussed the alarming new figures on deforestation in the Amazon at side meetings during the June 6-10 Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.

In a post-summit interview, I asked President Biden’s chief climate adviser, former Secretary of State John Kerry, if the Bolsonaro administration had the political will to stop rainforest destruction.

Kerry told me in his discussions with the Brazilian Minister of Justice and the Minister of the Environment at the summit: “Both ministers have indeed recognized this [deforestation] increased and that there was a problem.”

Kerry added he is working with the two ministers to form a group of Brazilian and US experts to identify specific ways to improve enforcement of Brazilian laws. “Both Ministers have been very committed to this,” Kerry told me.

The Summit of the Americas has agreed to provide up to $50 billion over the next five years from multiple regional financial institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank to support climate change goals in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“This is a very, very significant announcement, one of the most significant announcements of the summit, and it will have profound implications,” Kerry told me. The funds will primarily go to solar, wind and other green energy projects, he said.

Environmentalists welcome the $50 billion pledge but warn that such pledges are often delayed due to bureaucracy or legal obstacles. They say environmental groups and public opinion must press their governments to pay out these funds promptly and properly.

Bolsonaro critics fear current rates of Amazon destruction will worsen in the coming months. Brazil will hold presidential elections in October and Bolsonaro may seek as much economic growth as possible in the Amazon for electoral reasons.

“If we look at what has happened in recent years, we obviously have to be very skeptical about Bolsonaro,” said Javier Sierra, spokesman for the Sierra Club. “He was one of the most destructive agents in the climate community in practically the entire world.”

Whether that statement is too harsh or not, there is no question that the Amazon is being destroyed at a record pace while the world focuses on other crises.

It is time to put climate change and rainforest destruction at the center of the global agenda, right next to the invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19. Otherwise, governments will do very little and the global climate crisis will get much worse – and much faster than expected.

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This story was originally published Jun 15, 2022 4:53 p.m.

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