Aug 22, 2019

Brazil environment minister heckled over Amazon fires

EPA Brazil's environment minister, Ricardo Salles, was heckled at a meeting on climate change on Wednesday over the record number of fires in the Amazon. Their anger was further fuelled by satellite data showing a steep rise in fires in the Amazon region this year. The figures suggest there have been more than 74,000 fires so far this year, compared to just over 40,000 over the same period in 2018. President Bolsonaro further angered those concerned over the spike in fires by brushing off the latest data. Ricardo Mello, head of the World Wide Fund for Nature Amazon Programme, said the fires were "a consequence of the increase in deforestation seen in recent figures".

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