Deforestation in the Amazon grew 92.7% between January and September this year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released this Friday by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The destruction of the forest in these first nine months has already surpassed by 58.7% recorded in the year 2018.
Venezuela denied responsibility on Thursday for oil spills that polluted more than 130 Brazilian beaches. In the community, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said Brazil’s accusations about the origin of the oil are unfounded. “PDVSA categorically rejects statements by Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, who accuses Venezuela of being responsible for crude oil that has contaminated the beaches of northeastern Brazil since early September,” the state-owned company said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Friday evening that he will deploy a number of members of the armed forces to cope with the huge number of fires that swept the Amazon jungle. “Forest fires can occur in any country and should not be used as an excuse for international sanctions,” he said in a televised address.
The Brazilian Police have arrested three people suspected of having participated in the theft of 718.9 kilos of gold committed in the cargo terminal of Guarulhos international airport, the largest in the country, according to official sources. These are three workers from the airport itself, located in Sao Paulo metropolitan region, according to news sources confirmed the case.
At least 57 prisoners died Monday in a prison riot in the city of Altamira (in Para State, north of Brazil). The state prison system superintendent has reported that the origin of the disturbances was a fight between factions that began at seven in the morning (local time) when prisoners from one prison wing entered another wing where inmates of another group were locked up. The same source said that when the incidents began, the facilities was locked down and the prisoners who started the attack set fire to mattresses, so that some of the victims died of suffocation.
Nearly six months after the dam burst on an iron ore mine in Brazil, a court has sentenced Vale mining company to pay for the damage. More than 200 people died and massive environmental damage has remained.
Barely half a year after the devastating breach in Brumadinho, Eastern Brazil, a court has ruled for the first time and ordered the Vale mining company to make amends. A judge ordered the company must pay for any damage. “But the company did not commit any damages for the time being. This can not yet be quantified,” Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira said.
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