Bill sponsored by President Bolsonaro legalising mining on Indigenous lands and Amazon rainforest is "inappropriate," says Brazilian Mining Institute, a group representing largest mining firms operating in the South American country.
Letter from 34 environmental groups demands European Union pass aggressive laws to fight deforestation in exporting countries such as Brazil, home to 60% of Amazon rainforest.
Thousands gather outside Congress in capital Brasilia to protest a set of bills they say threaten Amazon rainforest by encouraging deforestation and industrial activity on protected Indigenous lands.
Nine mining giants seeking authorisation to mine on Brazil indigenous reservations have been accused of human rights violations and environmental destruction.
Deforestation and rising temperatures have exposed more than 10,000 species of plants and animals to a high risk of extinction, a new study reveals.
The deforestation of the world's largest rainforest could leave the Brazilian government open to lawsuits.
Para is Brazil's second-largest rainforest state and sits along the so-called arc of deforestation that encircles the Amazon and is rapidly penetrating deeper into the forest.
Data shows it's the worst level of deforestation since 2008, heaping further pressure on the environmental policy of Bolsonaro who favors developing the Amazon region economically.
Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon.
Daniel Wilkinson, managing director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division, says President Jair Bolsonaro has put "defenders of the [Amazon] forest at serious risk."
The announcement suggests Bolsonaro has dropped an earlier demand that French President Emmanuel Macron withdraw "insults" made against him before he would accept a G7 offer to help put out the fires in the world's largest rainforest.
G7 countries pledged $20 million to fight the blaze destroying the world's largest rainforest at the Biarritz summit hosted by French President Macron, who insisted the Amazon should be discussed as a top priority.
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