19 Dec '11, 5pm

Will changes to Brazil's forest code lead to a rise in deforestation?

19 Dec 2011: Brazil's Forest Code Will Lead To Rise in Deforestation, Critics Say Environmental advocates say a controversial overhaul of Brazil’s Forest Code will lead to an increase in illegal deforestation and send a mixed message about Brazil’s commitment to preserving its rainforests. While advocates of the legislation approved by the Senate last week say it will require property owners to preserve 80 percent of their forested land, opponents say loopholes will allow farmers to clear a significantly larger portion of forest and to replace as much as 50 percent of illegally cleared forest with exotic species rather than native trees. Nationwide, opponents predict, farmers will be required to restore only about half of the 212,000 square miles of forest they would have been required to restore under the current law. The changes come as Brazil pledges to reduce carbon em...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/brazils_forest_code_will_lead...

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