26 Jun '12, 4pm

Brazil’s environmental leadership at risk, warn scientists

Belo Monte protest. Photo credit: Atossa Soltani/ Amazon Watch / Spectral Q. The Brazilian government is putting its global environmental leadership at risk by ignoring scientific concern on large infrastructure projects and changes in the country's forest laws, warned an association of more than 1,200 tropical scientists gathering last week in Bonito, Brazil on the heels of the disappointing Rio+20 Earth Summit. While world leaders convened in Rio de Janeiro for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development scientists from 48 countries met at the 49th annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). At the conclusion of the meeting, ATBC issued a declaration [PDF ] urging the Brazil government maintain its leadership position on environmental conservation and sustainable development, by continuing to utilize scientific input and invest in s...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0626-brazil-leadership-atbc...

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