RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The suggestion, made by Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles at a cabinet meeting on April 22nd, that the government should take advantage of the media's focus on the Covid-19 epidemic to introduce changes and "simplify" environmental standards in the country, has sparked criticism among environmentalists in Brazil and abroad. The main changes implemented by the government in the environmental area occurred while the number of deaths by Covid-19 increased.
During this time, Salles and his subordinates pushed for changes that range from relaxing export controls on native timber to amnesty for deforesters . . .