RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Lawyer Jessica Finelle and François Zimeray, also lawyer and the former French ambassador in charge of human rights, report that environmental issues are being taken increasingly more seriously by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Besides, the Hague-based institution in the Netherlands has already warned that environmental offenders may be prosecuted on the same footing as war criminals.

"Indifferent to these warnings, the new Brazilian president . . .

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