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.
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.>>
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.
"The chainsaw approach is a threat to the Amazon."
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.