Earlier this week Brazil elected a new president, Jair Bolsonaro. A far-right candidate, Bolsonaro’s plans for the country are infuriating environmentalists. Organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are worried that business interests will take priority over preserving one of our greatest preventions for global warming, the Amazon Rainforest.
Bolsonaro has announced his plans for opening up parts of the Amazon Rainforest for agribusiness (producing seeds and equipment for farming) and mining. Creating room for this new business means deforestation, which would release literal tons of carbon into the atmosphere and causing not only local, but globally disastrous results.
Deforestation would harm the climate, but it would also destroy the habitat home to 1 in 10 known animal species known on the planet.