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Brazil Declares Whale Sanctuary Along Entire Coast

Brazil Declares Whale Sanctuary Along Entire Coast

BRASILIA, Brazil, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva today signed a federal decree establishing the Brazilian Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary, reinforcing protection for all cetacean species in Brazilian jurisdictional waters. Brazilian waters stretch along the nation’s 8,000 kilometer (5,000 mile) long coastline on the east and northeast coast of…

Brazilian Government Largest Illegal Logger in the Amazon

Brazilian Government Largest Illegal Logger in the Amazon

BRASILIA, Brazil, September 30, 2008 (ENS) – A Brazilian government agency that provides land to settlers is the largest illegal logger in the Amazon rainforest and could face criminal prosecution, Environment Minister Carlos Minc said Monday. Minc blamed Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform, or Incra, for occupying the top six places on a new…

Brazil Protects Vast New Areas of Amazon Rainforest

Brazil Protects Vast New Areas of Amazon Rainforest

BRASILIA, Brazil, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – Brazil commemorated World Environment Day yesterday by signing into existence four new protected areas, three of them in the Amazon rainforest. Following a speech in observance of the special day, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed the documents authorizing the three new protected areas in the Amazon,…

Brazil's Activist Environment Secretary Resigns

Brazil's Activist Environment Secretary Resigns

BRASILIA, Brazil, May 15, 2008 (ENS) – She rose from a rubber tapper’s family to become Brazil’s Secretary of the Environment for the past five years, but Amazon rainforest defender Marina Silva resigned on Tuesday, citing “the difficulties I have been facing to pursue the federal environmental agenda.” Silva said she would go back to…

Forest Protection Is Climate Protection, GLOBE Forum Told

Forest Protection Is Climate Protection, GLOBE Forum Told

BRASILIA, Brazil, February 24, 2008 (ENS) – To combat global warming, the rich countries must create a fund to conserve the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told 100 parliamentarians from around the world Thursday in Brasilia. At the meeting, senior executives of 20 of the world’s largest forestry companies announced that…