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Wed Sep 24, 2014 04:26 PM CDT

Over 30 countries Tuesday signed a United Nations-sponsored pact to bring an end to deforestation by 2030.

But Brazil, home to the world's largest continuous rainforest, wasn't among them, rather undermining the initiative.

Environment Minister Isabella Teixeira complained to the Associated Press of not being consulted on the pact, but the real reason Brazil didn't sign is less palatable internationally.

The truth is, Brazil can't join the U.S., the E.U. and Canada in the pact because it contravenes a new law that allows limited clearance.

It's just the latest in a series of news stories that will alert environmentalists to ...

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