Green advocates pan Dilma Rousseff’s appointees


Brazil has garnered favorable press in recent years for passing a climate-change law and reducing the rate of Amazon deforestation. But these successes stem from initiatives of the previous government, not that of President Dilma Rousseff, who was reelected last October to a second four-year term. So a key question in recent weeks has been whether Rousseff in her second term will improve on her first-term environmental efforts, which have been widely criticized as lackluster at best. Judging by the composition of her new cabinet, many experts here say, the chances of substantial green-policy progress are unlikely. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, a technocrat who has not challenged large-scale Amazon highway and dam projects, was reappointed. Meanwhile, Rousseff picked new leaders... [Log in to read more]

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