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Posted Wed May 14 2008: from Guardian (UK):
Fears for Amazon rainforest as Brazil's environment minister resigns http://apocadocs.com/s.pl?1210796618
Silva said her decision was the result of the "difficulties" she was facing in "pursuing the federal environmental agenda". She said her efforts to protect the environment had faced "growing resistance [from] important sectors of the government and society".... Sergio Leitao, the director of public policy for Greenpeace in Brazil, said Silva had taken her decision because of growing pressure from within the government to relax laws outlawing bank loans to those who destroyed the rainforest.
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