Sugarcane: Brazilian public policies threaten the Amazon and Pantanal biomes

According to the article, a decree by the Brazilian government threatens the country’s natural heritage by allowing new sugarcane plantations in the Pantanal and the Amazon. Direct conversion of forests, migration of livestock to new forest areas, increased land value, the danger of spreading forest fires and carbon emissions from burning sugarcane during harvest can create a debt balance of carbon and impact on the water balance that can take centuries to offset and will compromise the sustainability of the Brazilian ethanol sector.

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