Brazilian crisis threatens science and environment

27 May 2016 Vol 352, Issue 6289

In Depth
Brazilian crisis threatens science and environment
By Lizzie Wade
Science27 May 2016 : 1044
In the midst of Brazil’s political turmoil, scientists and environmentalists are wondering whether they have an enemy in Interim President Michel Temer, who came to power after Dilma Rousseff was removed on 12 May. Days after Temer assumed office, the government merged the science ministry with the communications ministry, leaving researchers fearing for what’s left of their already diminished budgets. Meanwhile, pro-development forces are moving ahead on a constitutional amendment that could speed approval for dams, highways, mines, and other megaprojects. The measure has alarmed scientists, environmentalists, and indigenous rights advocates, who fear it would gut the country’s environmental licensing process.