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UnDisciplined: What Lula's election means for Brazil's rainforests

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007
E.T. Studhalter
World Economic Forum
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007

When Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as president of Brazil in early January, one of his most pressing problems was the Amazon – which environmental experts agree is at a dangerous tipping point. And of course, it's not just Brazil's future at stake. What Lula does now may impact every person on this planet.

Heriberto Araujo's new book is Masters of the Lost Land: The Untold Story of the Fight to Own the Amazon and the Violent Fight for the World's Last Frontier.

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