UPDATE: Amazon forest might finally be saved by Brazilian government

Why they waited until now is beyond us
ByAlmas HashmiSunday , 25 August 2019
UPDATE: Amazon forest might finally be saved by Brazilian government
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The Brazilian government has finally decided to deploy troops to help stop the Amazon forest from burning down.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the world’s largest rainforest has been burning for over three weeks at unprecedented rates.

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- EYE ON THE AMAZON - Today we may be witnessing the tragedy of our lifetime: the Brazilian Amazon is in flames and in peril. . An unprecedented number of manmade blazes are raging across the rainforest, blanketing the region in acrid smoke and prompting a state of emergency. Indeed, it's not only the Amazon, but our entire planet that is in crisis as the devastation of this life-giving biome poses a real, existential threat for all of humanity. . Amazon Watch is working around the clock to ensure that the world understands both the causes and the solutions to this crisis. These fires were set deliberately and those who are resisting need our urgent support. A global solidarity movement must rise to directly oppose Bolsonaro, and as a solidarity organization Amazon Watch aims to spearhead these critical efforts. Read the full blog post at: tinyurl.com/amazonwatch-resistance . #AmazonWatch #DefendTheAmazon #StopBolsonaro #PrayForAmazonia #ActForTheAmazon #AmazonFires #AmazonFire #Resista #prayforamazonas #prayforamazon #amazonrainforest #savetheamazon #climatecrisis . : A forest fire extends over farms and forest in Cujubim, Rondônia state, in August 2016. The latest fires are dramatically worse than in previous years. Photo credit: Greenpeace

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And you might also know that the Brazilian president has been criticised for not being very helpful in taking steps to stop the fires. Until Thursday, he claimed that the government lacked the resources.

On Friday, however, President Jair Bolsonaro stated that he would direct the military to enforce laws and take measures to contain the fires.

So his ministers took action, and on Saturday, some 44,000 troops were been made available to the Amazon region.

A total of four states have requested the backup of the federal government for their firefighting efforts.

Brazilian satellite data has shown that the number of wildfires in the country jumped by 83%, so far in 2019, compared to the corresponding period last year.
More than half of the fires have occurred in the Amazon.

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