The destruction of the Amazon, explained The 2019 fires were just the tip of the iceberg. This is Part 1 of Vox Atlas: The Amazon, a three-part series about the world's largest rainforest, why it's in jeopardy, ...
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How could anyone not be alarmed at the accelerating destruction of the Lungs of the World, the Amazon Rain Forest? Especially when we recall that in Jair Bolsonaro's Inaugural Address, he praised the decimation of Native Americans in the 19th Century as his model for Brazil. However, it is also important to read later words, to get at least a sense of how great is his speechwriting team, and how far he has departed from Lula, and how we can expect him to treat the pristine resources of the Amazon as we move into the future, which is far more vital than Presidents who come and go. If the Amazon is substantially destroyed and turned into Jair's gigantic soybean patch, it doesn't come and go~~~~it will be simply gone.
From a recent news article:
I remember doing an article here at OpEdNews a few years ago on a graduate student in nursing's Master's Thesis on the breast milk in the maternity wards in one Northeast Brazilian state, RegiÃ£o Nordeste, the state named Piaui, containing Roundup/Glyphosate/Weedkiller, 83% of the mother's with that lymphoma in their milk for their newborns.
This is more recent and paints a grimmer picture of Bolsonaro's intentions, and count on getting much more of the truth from Malaysia:
BRASÃLIA, Sept 5 - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has slammed environmental NGOs as a 'cancer' and denounced what he said was an international conspiracy accusing him of being responsible for devastating Amazon wildfires.
"You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me. I am firm with these people, but I can't kill this cancer that most NGOs are," Bolsonaro said during his regular Facebook broadcast on Thursday.
Human Rights Watch responded yesterday to Bolsonaro's outburst, saying that "not only does he show his total disregard for the actions of NGOs....but his anti-environmental policies have accelerated the destruction of the forest, with serious consequences for those who defend it, but also for the health of thousands of people who breathe toxic air as a result of the fires."
General Augusto Heleno, Brazil's Minister of Institutional Security, acknowledged in an interview yesterday that it was possible to "improve" government action to preserve the Amazon, but he also criticised NGOs.
"The favourite sport of some NGOs is to speak badly of the Amazon. Behind it all there are interests that go far beyond preservation," he told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.
"It seems Bolsonaro is responsible for everything that happens in the Amazon, but a lot of the information in these campaigns is fabricated and ill-intentioned."
Under international pressure, Bolsonaro has deployed the army to the region to crack down on deforestation and fires, and decreed a ban on all agricultural burning.
However, satellite images from Brazil's space agency INPE identified more than 29,000 fires in the region in August, the second highest number in a decade.
The figure represents only five per cent fewer fires than in 2019, when devastating wildfires triggered worldwide alarm over a forest seen as vital to curbing climate change. AFP
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