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A GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENT

The Bolsonaro administration proves that it is an enemy of the environment on a daily basis. The increase in deforestation and forest fires, the release of pesticides at a frightening rate, and the slowness and inaction to counteract oil spill in the Northeast did not happen by accident. They are the result of environmental dismantling and the administration's policy of destruction. Check out the "collection" of environmental atrocities that the Bolsonaro administration promoted in his first year

01.01.2019

A FakeMinister

Ricardo Salles, the new Environment Minister, became known for writing articles and lying on his resume: he made up that he graduated from Yale University and that he understands the environment. It’s a lie. In fact, he is an agribusiness lawyer. Two weeks before assuming the ministry, he was convicted by the São Paulo court, accused of ENVIRONMENTAL FRAUD.

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01.08.2019

Salles Didn’t EvenTry to Hide it

During the transition, former Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte, prepared a dossier with everything the ministry was doing and looking to the future. Salles declined to receive the document. Nor, tried to hide it: he was not interested in environmental policies. He had other priorities: one of the first acts of the ministry was to pardon the fine for Bolsonaro’s environmental crime of illegally fishing in a protected area.

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01.14.2019

À la Trump

Prior to his inauguration, Bolsonaro expressed his intention to exit the Paris Agreement. He went backward, but he appointed Ernesto Araujo, a climate change denier, as the Foreign Relations Minister, the one responsible for international climate negotiations.

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02.28.2019

The Attack Begins

Salles goes to war with everyone who protects the environment. He fires almost all of the environmental agencies’ leaders and left the majority of the positions empty. The administrators of environmental reserves and national parks are fired and replaced by inactive military police. Investment in environmental programs plummet.

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03.04.2019

Foreign Mining Companiesare Watching

The Minister of Mines and Energy, at a major mining event in Canada, announced that the Bolsonaro administration plans to allow mining on indigenous lands.

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03.13.2019

GAG-ORDEREDtechnicians

Minister Ricardo Salles forbade the environmental agency employees from disclosing any information without him
endorsing it first. He wants full control of communication.

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04.03.2019

100 days ofpoison

In just 3 months, the Bolsonaro administration has released more pesticides than any other has in the last decade. Products banned in Europe, such as Atrazine and Acephate, find fertile soil to contaminate in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.

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04.11.2019

The impunity spree

Almost all environmental programs are stalled, out of money. They prioritized creating a new, special program: the Environmental Conciliation Centers. Actually, it is an office of the notary public to forgive environmental fines.

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04.11.2019

Technical opinion for what?

The Environment Minister sends an official letter to the President of IBAMA to counter his own technical opinion and authorize an oil auction next to Abrolhos National Park.

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04.14.2019

Civil society excluded

The Bolsonaro administration has extinguished dozens of civil society participation boards and committees.

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04.15.2019

Defending illegal loggers

As provided by law, equipment involved in illegal activities and seized in the middle of the forest can be burned so as not to be recovered by criminals. Bolsonaro made a speech on social networks advocating that this equipment should no longer be destroyed, publicly criticizing Ibama.

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04.15.2019

The end of forestfire prevention I

With the 24% cut in IBAMA's budget, there is almost not even enough to pay the agency's fixed expenses. Brazil lost its ability to monitor, inspect, and prevent environmental crimes.

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05.07.2019

The end of forestfire prevention II

38% of the forest-fire prevention budget and control programs has been barred.

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05.07.2019

screw the climate

The budget for dealing with climate change is reduced to virtually zero. The 95% cut severely affected deforestation and burning programs, Brazil’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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05.08.2019

“The dismantling of all thatwas built”

At an unprecedented meeting, former environment ministers of all governments since the end of Military Dictatorship denounced the “dismantling of socio-environmental governance” promoted by the Bolsonaro administration and accused Salles of trying to destroy the Ministry of Environment and erode its ability to protect the forest.

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05.27.2019

Runthe police are coming

Government gives advanced warnings of where IBAMA will carry out deforestation inspection operations, so that violators can hide.

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05.27.2019

Less conservationless protected areas

Bolsonaro announced plans to eliminate 67 conservation units so as not to disrupt road construction and other projects. Salles promised to review all 334 federal Conservation Units.

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06.13.2019

Impunitywins

The president celebrates the decrease of IBAMA fines against environmental crimes. “In the first two months of this year, we had a lower percentage of fines in the field, and they will continue to decrease, we will end this fining industry in the field.”

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06.25.2019

More poison on our plate

With the approval of 42 more poisons in one stroke of the pen, we have reached 239 new registered pesticides since the beginning of 2019. 43% are highly or extremely toxic, 31% are forbidden in the European Union and most of them are nothing new or more “modern.”

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07.04.2019

Biting the handthat feeds him

The Bolsonaro administration began an absurd controversy with Germany and Norway, the main donors of the Amazon Fund, which finances projects for forest preservation and generating sustainable business. To the surprise of both donors, Bolsonaro suggested that the money be spent on compensating land-grabbers who steal public land. The result: transfers were suspended.

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07.06.2019

And crime feelsit has government support

When IBAMA’s inspection teams arrived at the Zoró Indigenous Land in Rondônia, Brazil to prevent a criminal action by loggers, the law enforcement officials were greeted with violence. A federal agency tank truck was set on fire, and the operation had to be stopped. Loggers feel they have government support and can now refuse to obey the law.

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07.17.2019

…And theyreally do

Two weeks after the attack on IBAMA in Rondônia, Brazil, Ricardo Salles went to the region and spoke to loggers, calling them “good citizens”. Remember, logging companies operating in the region on act in the illegal logging from indigenous lands.

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07.23.2019

toxiclabeling

ANVISA changes pesticide classifications, making the criteria softer. Under the new rule, only death-causing pesticides will be considered extremely toxic.

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08.06.2019

And theforest falls

No surprise: After half a year of reductions in monitoring, inspection, and prevention efforts, deforestation explodes. The number of deforestation alert in July was 278% higher than in the same month of 2018. Considering the annual measurement period, the allerts increase was of almost 50%.

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08.07.2019

Scienceis the enemy

Dissatisfied with the international repercussion of the increase in deforestation, Bolsonaro decided to place the blame on Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE), the scientific institute responsible for satellite monitoring. To “fix the problem” he fired its director, the renowned physicist Ricardo Galvão, in an act of obvious political interference in technical work.

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08.15.2019

abandoned Amazon Fund

Norway suspended donations to the Amazon Fund, just as Germany had done days before. Both countries were severely attacked by the Brazilian government, the largest beneficiary of the Amazon Conservation Fund.

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08.19.2019

Apocalypse now

In São Paulo, the day turns to night in the middle of the afternoon, a weather phenomenon never seen before. Climate change, which generates increasingly more-powerful storms, and soot from the Amazon and Cerrado fires, helps to understand what happened.

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08.22.2019

But it’s theNGOs’ faults

In a frantic attempt to escape his responsibility, but with great conviction, Bolsonaro began to say that it was the NGOs that set the forest on fire, just to make him look bad. In the days that followed, it became clear that several of the fires were criminal. Many were even caused by deforestation culprits that got organized via WhatsApp on networks that support Bolsonaro.

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08.23.2019

Cause andeffect

NASA images show a large increase in fires and associate the problem with the increase in deforestation that came before. Fires occur over deforested forest trunks left to dry in the sun.

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08.27.2019

Burningmoney

After brutally cutting the environmental budget, Bolsonaro complained that he could not take care of the Amazon due to lack of money. Additionally, when faced with an offer of financial aid from the G7, the president threw a temper tantrum and imposed absurd conditions to accept the money.

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08.28.2019

More infractions,less punishment

The increase in deforestation has been huge in the last year. However, from January to August 2019, there was a 28% reduction in the number of notices of environmental violations across the country as compared to the same period in 2018. There was a 40% reduction in crimes specifically against flora in the Legal Amazon region.

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08.30.2019

Oil in the northeast

First oil slicks appear on the northeast coast.

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08.31.2019

The marketreacts

Timberland, Vans, and H&M are some of the first companies that decided to suspend Brazilian-leather purchases in protest against the destruction of the Amazon. Several others investigated similar measures. The Bolsonaro administration's environmental abuse began to hurt the Brazilian economy.

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09.04.2019

Ministryreported

The Federal Prosecutor's Office (MPF) sent a series of thirteen recommendations for Salles' Ministry to start working for the environment, pointing out omissions and inefficiencies, and asking the minister to stop pursuing the oversight bodies.

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09.08.2019

Amazonon fire

Amazon deforestation alerts rise 321% in August, fire alerts increase 196,4%, as compared to 2018.

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09.10.2019

The end of inspections

The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources' (IBAMA) has cancelled 22% of the environmental inspection operations it had planned to do between January and August.

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09.11.2019

All talkno action

From January to September, the government only applied 7.5% of the reduced resource for policies to combat deforestation and associated crimes, such as land grabbing and violence against communities. Without inspections, organized crime acts freely. With this connivance, mafias that profit from forest destruction are endangering the forest and its people.

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09.11.2019

Tour of lies

As the forest burned and oil began to spread throughout the northeastern states, Minister Salles was planning a European tour to sell the image that Brazil cares for the environment.

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09.17.2019

Not going overwell...

US senators, including candidates for the US presidency, charge large companies and financial institutions with commitments to combat deforestation in the Amazon.

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09.19.2019

Not atall…

On the same day that the Austrian parliament rejects the EU-Mercosur agreement, 230 funds worth $ 16 billion charge Bolsonaro for effective measures to protect the Amazon.

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10.02.2019

poison Government

The pace of pesticide approvals is the fastest in the last decade: 410 new pesticides have been released since January. Of all pesticides approved this year so far, 34% are forbidden in the European Union.

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10.10.2019

Whales and corals under threat

Neither technical notes, nor civil society mobilization, nor the fact that the oil has already spread throughout the 9 Northeast states helped. The government proceeded to offer oil blocks in the Abrolhos region. Fortunately, no company has acquired the blocks, but the National Petroleum Agency has already said it will offer them again in the future.

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10.18.2019

It’s “OK”

A Provisional Presidential Decree (MP) creates the Salles fund. With it, the Minister would have the power to negotiate discounts for nothing less than 39 billion BRL of environmental fines, also defining where to apply the raised funds. All that without transparency or clear criteria of effectiveness and outcome. It is worth remembering that Salles is the same man convicted by the São Paulo State Appellate Court for administrative misconduct.

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10.18.2019

Government continues to do nothing

The Federal Prosecution Office filed a lawsuit against the Union, asking that the court oblige the federal government to trigger the National Contingency Plan. NGOs and popular personalities call for an end to the secrecy of government actions.

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10.19.2019

Remember those extinguished committees

Among the committees extinguished by the Bolsonaro administration in April were the Executive Committee and the Support Committee, key players for implementing the structure and response provided for in the National Contingency Plan.

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10.22.2019

But... already?

Only 41 days after the oil spill started in the northeast did the government initiate the National Oil Pollution Incident Contingency Plan, which should be triggered immediately in such cases. Even with the delay, the activation was just an official letter.

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10.24.2019

See you in theSupreme court

Ricardo Salles did his best to contain the government’s environmental crisis: he lied and tried to place the blame on others. After calling the NGO an “ecoterrorist,” he hinted that Greenpeace would be responsible for the oil spill. In response, Greenpeace files a lawsuit at the Federal Supreme Court (STF) against Ricardo Salles for defamation.

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11.06.2019

sugarcane in the amazonand pantanal

Bolsonaro repeals a decree that established sugarcane agroecological zoning and prevented the expansion of cultivation in the Amazon and Pantanal. Zoning, which was even defended by the sugar and ethanol sector, was one of the main factors that made Brazilian ethanol a differential for exports, precisely because it protected the biomes from deforestation.

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11.06.2019

Fried world

With more than 500 oil-affected locations in the northeast, the government held a new oil auction. It was a failure for the government, but even greater for the climate. The government sold less than it wanted. However, only the oil that Petrobras bought represents more than the world can burn to meet the Paris Agreement commitments.

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11.07.2019

Soy in the Amazon

With support from Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina, and the President himself, the Soybean Producers Association (Aprosoja) pushes for the end of Soy Moratorium, a pact signed in 2006 by government, traders and NGO that soy produced in deforestated areas in the Amazon wouldn't have market

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11.18.2019

AND IN THE END, INPE WAS RIGHT, WASN'T IT?

According to INPE data, there was 9,762 km² of Amazon deforestation in 2019. It is the highest rate since 2008. It is also the biggest leap from one year to another in the last 22 years. In turn, the Ministry of Environment’s technical staff is almost 20% smaller than in 2018.

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11.18.2019

and there's more

The count for the Amazon deforestation that will be announced in 2020 has already begun. August, September, and October (enter next year's count) are already up 100% compared to the same period last year. It is the government working restlessly to destroy the forest.

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11.19.2019

High international pressure

Los Angeles and New York, the two largest cities in the United States, proposed laws that prohibit the purchase of products linked to Amazon deforestation.

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11.20.2019

Nothing happens where it is least expected.

Without targets, a budget, and deadlines, the Ministry of Environment announces an empty plan to combat deforestation, which has risen 100% between August and October 2019, compared to 2018. For Bolsonaro, deforestation is cultural, and the solution is to regulate the land by self-declaration. In other words, give land to the land grabber.

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11.21.2019

on crime's Side

IBAMA, the environmental protection and inspection body, gives a big gift to those who make a living on illegal timber. From now on, a sawmill can only be fined for buying fraudulent timber if it is proven that it knew that the timber was indeed illegal. What was already bad will get even worse.

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11.23.2019

oil in the NOrtheast BRAzIL

After reaching more than 700 locations, oil fragments are found on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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11.25.2019

Attack on democracy

Bolsonaro presents bill that exempts military and security officials from being punished if they commit crimes during crackdowns in protests in a clear attack on democracy. link é o mesmo

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11.26.2019

Now it's thefiremen's fault

Without evidence or transparency, 4 fire brigade volunteers from Alter do Chão are arrested and NGO Projeto Saúde e Alegria has documents and equipment seized. About 180 organizations express solidarity with the accused and repudiate police action.

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11.27.2019

Crimeagainst humanity

Bolsonaro is denounced at the International Criminal Court for crime against humanity and for inciting indigenous genocide.

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11.28.2019

not gettingeasier

Only one week after justice ordered a breach of his banking secrecy in an investigation for illicit enrichment, Ricardo Salles' silence and inaction in respond to the oil spill led deputies to file an impeachment request against the minister for a crime of responsibility.

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11.28.2019

nonews

An hour after the brigade volunteers are released, Bolsonaro tells no one to donate money to NGOs and accuses, surreally, Leonardo diCaprio of giving money to 'set fire in the Amazon'.

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12.02.2019

On the COP's eve

Brazil is denounced at UN for "alarming dismantling of the protection system" and neglect of environmental tragedies.

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12.03.2019

International market does NOT want

67 major companies and investors write a letter Bolsonaro, urging his government to stop further deforestation of the Amazon for soy production.

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