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Brazil | Enviros shocked as government abolishes SP, capitulating to man who destroyed Amazon forest

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of huge swaths of protected land wins with finality a lawsuit against the government. The park will cease to exist.


Antonio José Rossi Junqueira Vilela has been fined millions of dollars for deforestation in Brazil and for stealing thousands of hectares (acres) of the Amazon rainforest. Yet it was a company linked to him that filed a lawsuit against the state of Mato Grosso, alleging it had improperly set the borders of the Cristalino II State Park.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/man-who-destroyed-vast-forest-wins-demise-of-park/2022/08/06/e6f8906a-1580-11ed-8482-06c1c84ce8f2_story.html

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