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Bolsonaro's first moves have Brazilian scientists worried

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Science  25 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6425, pp. 330
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6425.330

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Brazil has long been a frontrunner in climate change policy and environmental diplomacy. But that legacy is now at risk. Since he took office on 1 January, Brazil's new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has dismantled several government divisions dedicated to climate change and has named cabinet members who are openly hostile to the fight against global warming. During his campaign, Bolsonaro threatened several times to pull Brazil out of the Paris agreement, the United Nations's 2015 landmark climate deal, but his new minister of environment has said the country will stay in the agreement. Brazilian scientists also worry religion may infringe on science in the new government's policies.

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