Squatters to Gain Legal Land Rights in the Amazon

The Brazilian government has just approved a measure that would grants legal land rights to squatters in the Amazon.

Some worry the new law will enable further deforestation of the rainforest.

"The law – known as 'provisional measure 458' – is one of the most controversial environmental decisions of Lula's two terms in office, with the president coming under intense pressure from both environmental groups and the country's powerful agricultural lobby."

Full Story: Brazil grants land rights to squatters living in Amazon rainforest


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