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BARROS, Antonio Teixeira de. Brazil’s Discourse on the Environment in the International Arena, 1972-1992. Contexto int. [online]. 2017, vol.39, n.2, pp.421-442. ISSN 1982-0240.

In this article, I analyse key statements by the Brazilian government about environmental issues during two important decades, from 1972 to 1992. I identify the specific subjects addressed by Brazilian spokespersons, and the rhetorical strategies they adopted for doing so. I conclude that these spokespersons largely adopted a defensive posture in response to mounting international pressures on a range of environmental issues, while using various rhetorical devices to highlight the positive dimension of the government’s environmental policies and initiatives.

Keywords : Environment; International Relations; Environmental Discourse; Brazil.

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