BRAZIL SENATE MULLS LIFTING AMAZON BIOFUEL BAN

BRAZIL’S senate is debating a bill 626/2011 that could lift an existing ban on harvesting sugarcane in the country’s Amazon region to make ethanol fuel. The proposal has been supported by Brazil’s centrist President Michel Temer but opposed by environmental groups and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA - União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar). UNICA worries that Bill 626/2011 “could bring about a strong pressure for deforestation in the Amazon biome”, and hence damage the industry’s international reputation. The law has been ...


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