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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After undermining environmental inspection bodies such as IBAMA and ICMBio with budget cuts over the past few years, the government is investing in militarization as an environmental protection policy.

At a time when alerts for burning and deforestation in the Legal Amazon region increased 63.7 percent in April, President Jair Bolsonaro's government's emergency response was to issue a Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO) decree that provides for the deployment of the armed forces to protect the forest for a month.

Named 'Operação Verde Brasil 2' (Operation Green Brazil 2), the initiative . . .

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