South America

As Amazon Burns, Environmental Officials Revolt Against Bolsonaro

"Hundreds of government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws signed an open letter warning that their work has been hampered by President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon."

Source: NY Times, 08/29/2019

"G7 Leaders Vow To Help Brazil Fight Fires, Repair Damage"

"Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm."

Source: AP, 08/26/2019

"Brazil Prosecutors Probe Surge In Amazon Deforestation And Fires"

"Federal prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday they will investigate a spike in deforestation and wildfires raging in the Amazon state of Pará to determine whether there has been reduced monitoring and enforcement of environmental protections."

Source: Reuters, 08/23/2019
August 22, 2021

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Sharp Rise In Brazilian Deforestation Undeniable: Sacked Research Chief

"Ricardo Galvao, the sacked head of Brazil’s space research agency, said on Saturday the trend of sharply rising deforestation was undeniable, a day after he was fired following a public spat with President Jair Bolsonaro over data published by the agency."

Source: Reuters, 08/05/2019

"Brazil Leader Criticizes Agency Over Deforestation Report"

"Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro again criticized a state agency that monitors the Amazon, saying Sunday that its latest report on increased deforestation damages Brazil’s reputation amid what he says is an “environmental psychosis” overseas about environmental protection in South America’s biggest nation."

Source: AP, 07/23/2019


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