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Brazil's ethanol push could erode Amazon

Date : 7th March 2007, Source :

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Just an hour's drive outside this traffic-choked metropolis where President Bush kicks off a Latin American tour Thursday, sugar cane fields stretch for hundreds of miles, providing the ethanol that fuels eight out of every 10 new Brazilian cars. In only a few years, Brazil has turned itself into the planet's undisputed renewable energy leader, and the highlight of Bush's visit is expected to be a new ethanol "alliance" he will forge with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. But a top U.N. environmental official is warning that while such an alliance offers opportunities it also poses risks to Brazil's Amazon rain forest.

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