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International Update Volume 49, Issue 12

REPORT FINDS PESTICIDES IN BRAZIL'S WATER

Brazil

A report has found concerning levels of 27 pesticides in 1,400 towns across Brazil. Of the pesticides found, 11 are prohibited in Brazil and 21 are banned in the European Union (EU). The study was performed by a Swiss nonprofit group called Public Eye and investigative journalists from Repórter Brasil and Agência Publica. Most test results fell within loose Brazilian safety limits, but 12% of samples breached the EU's stricter regulations. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/26/brazil-finds-worrying-leve....

SOUTH KOREA PROPOSES SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET TO FIGHT AIR POLLUTION

South Korea

On April 24, South Korea announced a $5.87 billion supplemental budget to fight unprecedented air pollution levels and boost exports. The budget includes subsidies for replacing old diesel-powered cars, buying air purifiers, and encouraging renewable energy technologies. It also proposes increasing export credit financing and creating jobs. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-economy-budget/south-korea-....

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DELAYS THREATENED SPECIES ASSESSMENTS

Australia

Australia's environment minister, Melissa Price, has granted extensions sought by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for 13 threatened species. The extensions effectively delay assessments for up to three years. The 13 species include the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum and the vulnerable Australian sea lion. Cuts to the federal environment department appear to be one reason for the extensions. For the full story, see https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/slashed-morrison-governm....