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Deforestation rates in Brazil are rising again after several years of progress against illegal clearance (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT)

Was it a letter from Norway’s environment minister or supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s twitter advocacy that made up his mind?

Either way, this week Brazil’s president Michel Temer vetoed a controversial bill that would have lowered protections on a large swathe of Amazon rainforest. The respite may be short-lived, though, with Temer’s environment minister working on a replacement bill.

In case you missed it, Fabiano Maisonnave had this incredible dispatch from Novo Progresso, illustrating the practical impact of the proposals: a free pass to criminals who got rich stripping land for farming or mining.

The decision to veto came just ahead of Temer’s visit to Oslo, where he is touting investment opportunities into his struggling economy.

There, he faced a reminder that Norway is one of the biggest donors to Amazon protection – but payment depends on results. If deforestation continues to rise, there will be less cash flowing from Brazil’s partner in the north.

Trump antidote

Donald Trump is not the United States. That was the takeaway from a low-key demonstration your correspondent attended at a beachside parking lot in Rhode Island.

The president can be as gung-ho as he likes about developing US fossil fuels, but it won’t wash if communities refuse to host those projects.

Here, a disillusioned Republican voter has turned community spokesperson against a proposed gas power plant. Concern for its impact on a naturally…