Jake Spring

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7 May 2019 | 8:33 AM

Brazil President Bolsonaro mulls trip to Texas after NYC visit nixed

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is considering travelling to the United States to be honoured at an event in Texas next week, his spokesman said on Monday, just days after he cancelled a heavily criticized visit to New York City.

27 Apr 2019 | 2:00 AM

Brazil states forge ahead in climate change fight despite Bolsonaro ambivalence

(Reuters) - State governments in Brazil have agreed to work towards fulfilling the country's Paris Agreement climate change commitments, despite far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's ambivalence over the pact.

9 Apr 2019 | 2:22 AM

Brazil minister says he will shrink, not replace environmental agency

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil intends to reduce the size of its environmental policymaking body but does not plan to have it report to a new council controlled by President Jair Bolsonaro as his aides proposed last year, a government minister said on Monday.

4 Apr 2019 | 2:33 AM

Brazil won't complete rural registry to fight deforestation in 2019, but will still launch programme

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will have difficulty meeting a year-end deadline to complete a registry that matches all rural properties to their owners, a step in the fight against illegal deforestation, the country's forestry director, Valdir Colatto, said on Wednesday.

28 Mar 2019 | 6:11 AM

Brazil to privatise some of its most famous national parks starting this year

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil aims to begin privatising the management of its national parks this year, including some of its most famous natural tourist sites, the country's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday.

14 Mar 2019 | 6:06 AM

Brazil right-wing government puts gag order on environment agency

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's right-wing government has ordered environmental enforcement agency Ibama not to respond to requests from the media, stoking fears that President Jair Bolsonaro may be rolling back environmental protections out of the public eye.

28 Feb 2019 | 4:26 AM

Brazil Senate okays dam safety bill after Vale disaster kills hundreds

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Senate committees on Wednesday passed a bill to tighten dam safety in the country, after a mining dam owned by Vale SA burst and killed an estimated 300 people in the town of Brumadinho.

7 Feb 2019 | 10:09 PM

Brazil set to ban upstream tailings dams after collapse kills hundreds

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's mining agency plans to ban upstream tailings dams used for storing mining waste, a director at the National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday, after such a dam burst last month, likely killing at least 300 people.

29 Jan 2019 | 10:08 PM

Vale to cut output, shut down dams after Brazil disaster

BRASILIA/BRUMADINHO, Brazil (Reuters) - Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, on Tuesday vowed to take as much as 10 percent of its ore output offline in order to decommission 10 more dams like the one that burst last week, killing scores of workers and nearby residents.

17 Jan 2019 | 10:50 PM

Supermodel Bundchen responds to Brazil's farm minister in Amazon spat

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A high-profile dispute between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Brazil's agriculture minister over deforestation escalated this week, coming as activists worry about new President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.