A Brazilian 🇧🇷 court has suspended a government decree that would open up a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. The area covers 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles) and is thought to be rich in gold, manganese and other minerals.
The federal court ⚖ in the capital Brasilia said in a statement it was suspending "possible administrative acts based on the decree" signed by President Michel Temer.
Maurício Voivodic, head of the conservation body WWF in Brazil, warned last month that mining in the area would lead to "demographic explosion, deforestation, the destruction of water resources, the loss of biodiversity and the creation of land conflict".
"If the government insisted on opening up these areas for mining without discussing environmental safeguards it will have to deal with an international outcry."
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