Brazilian federal judge blocks move to destroy huge swath of Amazon forest

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Brazilian president Michel Temer recently attempted to open up a national reserve to mining companies, but a federal judge put a stop to that plan. The National Reserve of Copper and Associates, or Renca, is a 17,760 square mile area of the Amazon forest that’s been protected since 1984, and Temer’s move was met with outcry from activists. But with the decision of judge Rolando Valcir Spanholo, the president’s attempt won’t move forward – at least for now.

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Federal court rules Trump’s Dakota Access Pipeline approval violated the law

Injustice has been a common theme of the Standing Rock Sioux’s battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, as they faced arrests, eviction at gunpoint, and tear gas. But the tribe said this week they just won a ‘significant victory’ in court. A federal judge said the United States Army Corps of Engineers did not conduct an adequate study of the environmental risks associated with the oil pipeline.

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Trump plans to sell 73 million acres of federal waters to oil and gas industry

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