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Amazon deforestation has begun to slow since Lula took over in Brazil


An illegal mining camp in the Brazilian Amazon, where police and soldiers were deployed to evict gold miners in February

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Almost six months into his second spell as president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun to rein in the rampant destruction of the Amazon that was let loose by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. But his efforts to save the rainforest could be scuppered by a right-wing Congress, experts say.

The first significant reduction in forest clearing came in April, when Amazon deforestation fell 68 per cent …

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