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English translation: "projeto motoserra" ("chainsaw project")

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09:42 May 22, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [PRO]
Science
Portuguese term or phrase: motosserra
The sentence reads: "O projecto motosserra ameaça a Amazónia." It's about a dispute involving parties for and against clearing the forests and denuding Brazil.
Sue Simons
English translation:"projeto motoserra" ("chainsaw project")
Explanation:
Since it's the name of a project, I suggest that you leave the name in Portuguese and translate it in the parenthesis.
Good luck.
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LUCIANO ESPIRITO SANTO
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Thanks, Luciano, great - just the job. Sue.
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Summary of answers provided
naThe chainsaw approach
Rodolfo Beneyto
naSweet Sue, yes, motoserra is a chainsaw. however in the context of the rainforest see belowJoseph Tate
na[possibly] chainsaw approachPhillip Berryman
na"projeto motoserra" ("chainsaw project")LUCIANO ESPIRITO SANTO
nachainsaw
Moshe
nachainsawAlfarroba


  

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36 mins
chainsaw


Explanation:
A "moto-serra" or "motosserra" is an automated saw, usually employed for tree-chopping.

The link provides a page about a trash movie, where you can see the link motosserra/chainsaw.
A less gore link, the 2nd, says:
<<A velha machada que antigamente se usava na esgalha foi há poucos anos substituída pela motosserra que faz o trabalho mais depressa e com menos esforço humano.>>



    Reference: http://home.eunet.pt/id005098/cinedie/tcm2.htm
    Reference: http://www.cm-chamusca.pt/circuito/charneca/chouto/index.htm
Alfarroba
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36 mins
chainsaw


Explanation:
chainsaw; also spelled "chain saw"


Moisés Fonseca

Moshe
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1 hr
"projeto motoserra" ("chainsaw project")


Explanation:
Since it's the name of a project, I suggest that you leave the name in Portuguese and translate it in the parenthesis.
Good luck.

LUCIANO ESPIRITO SANTO
PRO pts in pair: 8
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Thanks, Luciano, great - just the job. Sue.
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1 hr
[possibly] chainsaw approach


Explanation:
Without seeing the context I can't be sure, but "projeto" may not mean a specific project, but a general aim, ambition. It's taken on that meaning in the last couple decades.
Hence
"The chainsaw approach is a threat to the Amazon."

Phillip Berryman
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2 hrs
The chainsaw approach


Explanation:
This is an idiomatic expression, meaning “The systematic destruction of the Amazonian forests will destroy that ecosystem.”

Rodolfo Beneyto
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10 hrs
Sweet Sue, yes, motoserra is a chainsaw. however in the context of the rainforest see below


Explanation:
It has become almost a devilish symbol of the evils of destuction of natural resources here in Brasil. Chainsaws have actually been declared illegal to sell or operate without a permit from the local EPA. All this because of the destructive logging in the Amazon rainforest.

hope this helps,
Joseph in Rio

Joseph Tate
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