Summit to Save the Earth: Brazil's Two Faces

Defender of nature or ecological outlaw? The summit's host country still struggles to chart its future.

Brazil is the perfect setting for the Earth Summit, which will bring nearly 100 world leaders and 30,000 other participants to Rio de Janeiro during the next two weeks. There is no better showcase of the natural wonders that the summiteers will pledge to preserve and protect: the country contains the world's largest tropical rain forest, its biggest river system and its richest array of plant and animal life. And there is also no better showplace for the threats that face such natural wonders: with the world's 10th largest economy, the country is guilty of all the pollution, deforestation, encroachment on...

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