Golden Chainsaw Award

Environmental group Greenpeace has nominated President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and five others for its first “Golden Chainsaw” prize — to be awarded to the Brazilian deemed to have contributed most to the Amazon’s destruction.

Figures released last week showed deforestation of the Amazon rainforest reached the second-highest level on record in 2003-2004 — an area of 26,130 square km (10,088 sq miles), driven by logging, ranching and farming interests.

The concerned public can vote online here while environmental activists and journalists will make a “critics’ choice”.

The winner, to be announced on June 6, will be awarded a statue made from illegally logged wood.

[Source: CNN]

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