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SCIENTISTS WARN NEW BRAZIL PRESIDENT MAY SMOTHER RAINFOREST.

SCIENTISTS WARN NEW BRAZIL PRESIDENT MAY SMOTHER RAINFOREST. SAO PAULO » Scientists warn that Brazil’s president-elect could push the Amazon rainforest past its tipping point — with severe consequences for global climate and rainfall.

Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office Jan. 1, claims a mandate to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, calling Brazil’s rainforest protections an economic obstacle.

Brazilians on Oct. 28 elected Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate who channeled outrage at the corruption scandals of the former government 

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