Brazil’s New Environment Minister Both Criticized and Praised

For environmentalists Ricardo Salles' nomination will be a setback to environmental policies, while for farmers it will bring more security to production.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The announcement of the nomination of Ricardo Salles over the weekend as the new Environment Minister in the Bolsonaro Administration has led to a surge of criticism by environmentalists on the one hand and praises by ranchers and farmers on the other.

“Ruralist Ricardo Salles, indicated by Jair Bolsonaro to head what remains of the Ministry of the Environment beginning in 2019, is the right man in the right place,” stated NGO Observatorio do Clima (Climate Observatory) on its webpage.

According to the NGO, in naming Salles, the president-elect . . .

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