Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recently vetoed portions of a controversial forest code and, in effect, postponed any final decisions until after Brazil hosts the Rio +20 environmental summit in June. Host Steve Curwood talks with Tufts University Professor William Moomaw about how to make this conference more productive than previous environmental summits.
CURWOOD: The Brazilian Congress recently passed a bill that would reduce protection of forests in the Amazon. So activists appealed to President Dilma Rousseff.
Brazil's most popular cartoon characters were enrolled to call for a forest code veto. (Photo: Divulgação)
SCHWARTZMAN: Now, you had everybody from the Brazilian Academy of Sciences to, literally, the Brazilian equivalent of Bugs Bunny saying 'veto this bill. We are against more deforestation in the Amazon and this bill is going to cause that. '
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