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Abrolhos, with its blue-green sea, is an archipelago located in the south of Bahia. The first national marine park in Brazil is a nursery for humpback whales, a refuge for endangered sea turtles and is also the region with the highest marine biodiversity of the South Atlantic. In February this year, a survey of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) showed that the mud of heavy metal tailings from the dam that broke in Mariana in 2015 affected the park’s corals.
This week, according to the newspaper “O Estado de S. Paulo”, Ibama president Eduardo Fortunato Bim, ignored the technical opinion of the body that he leads and authorized the auction of seven oil blocks located in high-sensitivity regions of the archipelago. According to the report, any incident with an oil spill could reach “the entire southern coast of Bahia and the coast of Espirito Santo, including the entire reef complex of the Abrolhos bank.” To what end are we putting all this biodiversity at risk for exploitation of a fossil fuel that, in addition to being extracted in an unsafe way, will contribute to air pollution and consequently aggravate climate change?
Photo: Reproduction of TV Globo