Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power casts shadow over UN environment conference

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Participants at biodiversity convention say Amazon protections are under threat

Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil has cast a shadow over the first global environment conference since the ultra-nationalist was elected to lead the most biodiverse nation on Earth.

Participants at the the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which opened in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday, expressed concerns that the former army captain will disrupt international efforts to prevent the collapse of natural life support systems in the same way that Donald Trump is undermining cooperation to stabilise the climate.

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