Weekly Report - 25 November 2021 (WR-21-47)

BRAZIL: Environmental credibility dead in the water

New data on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, released by the government’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Inpe) on 18 November, has further damaged President Jair Bolsonaro’s reputation abroad, for two reasons. Firstly, annual deforestation has surged to a 15-year high. Secondly, the Bolsonaro administration deliberately held back on making this data public until after the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Brazil has now lost whatever shred of environmental credibility it had succeeded in gaining at the COP26.

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