Judge suspends Amazon move
A Brazilian judge has suspended a presidential decree that stripped protections from a reserve in the Amazon and would have allowed mining. The order, issued last week and later revised, lifted the reserve designation from a gold-rich area twice the size of Ulster in two northern Brazilian states. It came under fire from environmental groups who argued it could cause damage and create conflicts between miners and indigenous groups. President Michel Temer’s administration has said mining would not be allowed in conservation or indigenous areas within the reserve.
An appeal is expected.