There’s been plenty of misleading information in headlines lately surrounding fires in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon Rainforest. Environmental advocates slam national leaders for not doing enough to control the burning. Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says advocates exaggerate the cause and extent of Amazon fires.
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Amazon fires: the hype
Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state, declared a state of emergency last month following reports of heightened fire activity. NASA quickly seconded claims made by Brazil’s satellite monitoring system, though later amended the page.
U.S. celebrities quickly took to Twitter as media coverage grew. French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial Tweet about the Amazon fires triggered an ongoing spat with Bolsonaro. At a G7 climate meeting on August 26, Macron rallied support around a $20 million aid package for countries affected by the fires.
Bolsonaro’s initial rejection of the aid offer raised criticism and concern. Brazilians and outsiders alike claim Bolsonaro should set aside personal slights and accept the aid package. On Friday, leaders from Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname met to coordinate disaster response efforts; Bolsonaro joined the one-day summit by video phone.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth