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22 Aug 2019

Record number of fires rage through Brazilian Amazon

Correspondent

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has denied he ever blamed NGO’s for starting fires in the Amazon – claiming yesterday’s remarks were only raising suspicions.

With a record number of fires blazing across the rainforest – environmentalists are blaming the President himself for encouraging loggers and farmers to clear more land. And the reason they are worried – the Amazonian rainforest is a vital source of carbon which helps slow down global warming.