Brazilian President – Govt lacks resources to fight Amazon fires

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    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his government lacks the resources to fight the record number of fires in the Amazon.

    And according to the BBC, he has again suggested that non-governmental organisations started those fires in the rainforest, but admitted he had no evidence for this claim.

    Conservationists are blaming Brazil’s government for the Amazon’s plight, saying Mr Bolsonaro has encouraged the clearing of land by loggers and farmers, thereby speeding up deforestation.

    Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space research (Inpe) shows an increase of 85% this year in fires across Brazil, most of them in the Amazon region.

    Figures and satellite images also show most of the state of Roraima, in northern Brazil, covered by smoke.

    It shocked many Brazilians and triggered a global Twitter trend under the hashtag #prayforamazonia.

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

    However while there are fires currently burning in the Amazon, the BBC reports that some of the images being shared, do not depict the current situation at the site.Presentational white space

    It says one image dates as far back as 1989, while other widely shared images are of past fires as far away as Siberia or the United States.