Mega-mining threatens Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul

Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election represented a new ultraconservative right-wing rise to power that radically dismantled environmental policies.
Brazil’s Minister of Environment has been previously convicted for illegally favouring mining companies.
In the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul alone, there are more than 150 mining projects that may leverage the new environmental code to their advantage.
Justifications use corporate discourse promising jobs and revenue as well as arguing that current legislation stifles economy growth.
There are three particularly extreme mining conflicts in Três Estradas, Caçapava do Sul, and Retiro are documented in the global Environmental Justice Atlas (EJatlas).
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