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16 September 2019


Brazil environment minister heckled over Amazon fires - Video

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Brazil's environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has been heckled at a meeting on climate change over the record number of fires in the Amazon.

Axar.az reports citing BBC.

Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space research (Inpe) shows an increase of 85% this year for all of Brazil.

Some of those at Wednesday's meeting shouted "the Amazon region is burning", as Mr Salles stepped on to the podium.

Conservationists have blamed Brazil's government for the Amazon's plight.

They say Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has encouraged the clearing of land by loggers and farmers, thereby speeding up the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

On Thursday Mr Bolsonaro said the fires were being investigated but said that the government lacked the resources to fight the flames.

He also denied he had blamed NGOs for lighting the fires, a day after appearing to suggest they had done so as revenge for his government slashing their funding.

The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.

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2019.08.22 / 20:32
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