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‘Every year we have wildfires’: Brazil’s president insists fires in the Amazon are no worse than normal, as he sends the army to fight the blazes

After intense international pressure, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday finally moved to battle the devastating blazes sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. In a speech, Bolsonaro said that he will send the country’s army into the Amazon to help battle the fires, but renewed his attacks on outside criticism of […]
‘Every year we have wildfires’: Brazil’s president insists fires in the Amazon are no worse than normal, as he sends the army to fight the blazes
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The ‘lungs of the planet’ are burning at a record rate. If too much of the Amazon disappears, that ‘dieback’ could turn the land into a savanna.

The Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate: More than 74,000 fires have sparked so far this year, compared to 40,000 total fires in 2018. The Amazon has also seen record-breaking levels of deforestation. About three football fields’ worth of rainforest per minute are being lost, primarily to infrastructure […]
The ‘lungs of the planet’ are burning at a record rate. If too much of the Amazon disappears, that ‘dieback’ could turn the land into a savanna.
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Trump said ‘raking and cleaning’ forests would prevent more devastating wildfires. But the government shutdown is stopping the Forest Service from doing just that.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that “raking” and better forest management can prevent more forest fires like those that devastated California in 2018. But the government shutdown is preventing the Forest Service and other agencies from doing that. Employees say that preventative activities such as prescribed burns and debris […]
Trump said ‘raking and cleaning’ forests would prevent more devastating wildfires. But the government shutdown is stopping the Forest Service from doing just that.