Brazil has battled for decades to halt the Amazon’s destruction

Nacho Doce – Reuters, 11/5/2015

In December this year the U.N. Climate Conference takes place in Paris. Ahead of the summit, we will release a series of stories, titled “Earthprints,” that show the ability of humans to change the landscape of the planet. From sprawling urban growth to the construction of new islands, each site has profoundly changed in the last 30 years. Each story has accompanying NASA satellite images that show the scale of the change. (here)

In international talks over global climate policy, Brazil’s government has declared time and again a goal that environmental activists scoff at: eliminating illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

They scoff because environmentalists believe that Brazil, as guardian of the world’s largest rainforest, should be more ambitious. Eliminating illegal activity, after all, amounts to nothing more than enforcing the law.

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