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Why even a leftist govt under Lula may not restore Brazil's forests

A sharp left-right dichotomy is a common way to think about the stakes in the runoff poll on Oct. 30. Still, as with the candidates' economic platforms, their forest policies have a lot more in common

Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
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Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

David Fickling | Bloomberg
=To hear many people talk, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance depending on the outcome of the second-round vote in Brazil’s election. On one side is Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leftist who all but halted the logging of the Amazon in his term as president from 2003 to 2010. On the other is Jair Bolsonaro, the Trumpy right-winger who razed the rainforest and pushed deforestation last year to nearly double its levels during his first year in office.
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First Published: Oct 10 2022 | 7:38 AM IST

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