Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday in favor of a measure easing forest preservation requirements in the Amazon region.

Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira announced yesterday the creation of a cabinet post responsible for monitoring and addressing the deforestation crisis affecting Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

Panamanian lawmakers on Thursday voted by a wide margin to revoke a 1960s-era law that had prohibited foreign investment in Panama’s mining sector.

Talks between government officials and local leaders on Monday failed to end protests over an increase in natural gas prices in the south of Chile.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s administration and Alberta’s regional government have pledged to develop a plan to correct “significant” flaws in the environmental oversight and pollution monitoring program of Canada’s vast oil sands within 90 days.


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