Aug 24, 2019

Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

The record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has coincided with a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations, BBC analysis has found. Mr Bolsonaro has sent in the military to help put out the fires after coming under pressure from the international community, saying he wanted to "Help protect" the Amazon. Ibama handed out 9,771 fines during the same period in 2018: a drop of 29.4%. The total number of fines relating to "Flora" - which includes deforestation and burning - dropped from 4,138 to 2,535 over the same period. Critics of the Bolsonaro administration insist the drop in fines does not mean fewer crimes against the environment are being committed. Environmental activists have drawn links between Mr Bolsonaro's attitudes towards the environment and the recent surge in the number of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

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