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Global Witness Reveals 2019 Was ‘Deadliest Year on Record’ for Eco-Defenders, With 212 Murdered Worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has …

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As Pandemic Soars in US and Brazil, Red Cross Federation Chief Slams Trump and Bolsonaro for Anti-Science Responses

The head of the Red Cross federation on Wednesday expressed grave concern about the continuing spread of the coronavirus in the Americas and criticized Brazil and U.S. government leaders for their disastrous science-rejecting responses to the pandemic thus far. Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), made …

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As EU Looks to Reopen Borders, US Covid-19 Surge Means Americans May Not Be Welcome

The European Union is preparing to allow travelers from dozens of countries into the 27-member nation bloc starting July 1—but Americans are unlikely to be welcome for the foreseeable future due to the Trump administration’s failure to control the coronavirus pandemic. Two draft lists of countries from where tourists and business travelers will be able to travel …

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Arara People of Brazilian Amazon ‘Very Worried’ as Vulnerable Tribe Faces Highest Known Covid-19 Infection Rate in Region

As criticism of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to stack up, global Indigenous rights advocates and the Arara people are raising new concerns that the crisis could devastate the recently-contacted tribe in the Xingu basin of the Amazon rainforest. “We’re very worried,” an Arara man told Survival International, a …

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Amid Growing Death Toll in Brazil, Bolsonaro’s Handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic Condemned as ‘Pitiful’

Brazil is now second only to the United States in terms of both Covid-19 cases and deaths, and its daily death toll is the highest in the world—conditions that public health officials within and beyond the South American country continue to partly blame on far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s “reckless” response to the pandemic. As of …

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Lula Warns ‘Reckless’ Pandemic Response by Bolsonaro Leading Brazil ‘to the Slaughterhouse’

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian Friday, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva joined a chorus of people across the globe who have sharply criticized his country’s current far-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro, in recent months for irresponsibly handling the coronavirus pandemic. Lula called Bolsonaro a “troglodyte” and warned that he is leading …

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