Fears for Amazon as Bolsonaro plans to merge environment and agriculture ministries

Conservationists fear move will put short-term business interests ahead of the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems

Jair Bolsonaro will merge Brazil’s environment and agriculture ministries, a senior aide has confirmed, raising fears the ultra-right leader will ramp up conversion of Amazon rainforest into farmland.

After his election victory on Sunday, the president-elect is putting together a cabinet that he says will “make Brazil great”, though many conservationists fear it will put short-term business interests ahead of the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems.

In this article, Brazil’s president will likely be eliminating the forests on Amazon and replace them with farmland. This illustrates the tragedy of the commons, people have no awareness to conserve the natural resources, and thus are exploiting them.

In this article, the MSB=MPB so demand curve is equal to MSB and MPB. Marginal social cost is more than marginal private cost as there are negative externalities.

 

 

 

One thought on “Fears for Amazon as Bolsonaro plans to merge environment and agriculture ministries

  • mm
    9 Nov 2018 at 2:47 am
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    Very well-written article and the content was really interesting 🙂 What are examples of marginal social costs due to the elimination of the forests in the Amazon? And what was the response from the Brazillian citizens due to this change?

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