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US NewsWith Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’

07:50  23 august  2019
07:50  23 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest.

Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest. Record heat, drought, and deforestation are contributing to wildfire risk.

With Amazon Rain Forest Ablaze , Brazil Faces Global Backlash . RIO DE JANEIRO — As dozens of fires scorched large swaths of the Amazon , the Brazilian government on Thursday “Forests are our lungs and life support systems.” Photos of the fires have been shared by NASA, politicians and

swaths of the Amazon , the Brazilian government Thursday (Aug 22) struggled to contain growing global “Forests are our lungs and life support systems.” Photos of the fires have been shared by NASA more environmentally conscious in a post warning that “the lungs of the Earth are in flames .”

With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters A fire raging in the Amazon this week. Germany and Norway may halt a $1.2 billion conservation program because of the country’s environmental polices.

RIO DE JANEIRO — As dozens of fires scorched large swaths of the Amazon, the Brazilian government on Thursday struggled to contain growing global outrage over its environmental policies, which have paved the way for runaway deforestation of the world’s largest rain forest.

The fires, many intentionally set, are spreading as Germany and Norway appear to be on the brink of shutting down a $1.2 billion conservation initiative for the Amazon.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires. The Brazilian Amazon is burning at a record rate. Nearly 10,000 fires have sparked in the last week, and satellites have spotted the blazes.

The Amazon rainforest, often referred to as the lungs of the Earth , has been ravaged by a record number of fires this year, sparking global outrage over Brazil 's environmental policies. World leaders, environmental groups and celebrities have publicly decried the vast swaths of forest being destroyed

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Concern over the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, which have prioritized the interests of industries that want greater access to protected lands, has also put in jeopardy a trade agreement the European Union and a handful of South American nations struck in June, following decades of negotiations.

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With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © Maxar Technologies, via Associated Press A fire near cleared land, southwest of Porto Velho, Brazil.

“The ongoing forest fires in Brazil are deeply worrying,” the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday. “Forests are our lungs and life support systems.”

Photos of the fires have been shared by NASA, politicians and celebrities this week, setting off a call on social media to #PrayForAmazon.

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How are the raging fires in the Amazon rainforest affecting climate change? "The effects of forest destruction in the Amazon don't stay in the Amazon. They affect us all," one expert said.

With Amazon ablaze , Brazil faces global backlash : ' Lungs of the Earth are in flames '. 23 Aug, 2019 01:30 AM . He said the flames were "directly related" to Brazil 's President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate sceptic who in the past has been criticised for claiming that environmental protections hinder

# Amazon # Brazil #Amazonrainforestonfire. Следующее. Amazon Rainforest is on Fire | How can you help save "The Lungs of the Earth "?

The actor Leonardo DiCaprio called on his nearly 34 million Instagram followers to become more environmentally conscious in a post warning that “the lungs of the Earth are in flames.”

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#Regram #RG @rainforestalliance: The lungs of the Earth are in flames. ???? The Brazilian Amazon—home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species—has been burning for more than two weeks straight. There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil). Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January.⁣ ⁣ The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution. Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check. ⁣ ⁣ The Amazon needs more than our prayers. So what can YOU do?⁣ ⁣ ✔ As an emergency response, donate to frontline Amazon groups working to defend the forest. ⁣ ✔ Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance’s community forestry initiatives across the world’s most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon; this approach is by far the most effective defense against deforestation and natural forest fires, but it requires deep, long-term collaboration between the communities and the public and private sectors. ✔ Stay on top of this story and keep sharing posts, tagging news agencies and influencers. ⁣ ✔ Be a conscious consumer, taking care to support companies committed to responsible supply chains.⁣ Eliminate or reduce consumption of beef; cattle ranching is one of the primary drivers of Amazon deforestation. ✔ When election time comes, VOTE for leaders who understand the urgency of our climate crisis and are willing to take bold action—including strong governance and forward-thinking policy.⁣ ⁣ #RainforestAlliance #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ActOnClimate #ForestsResist #ClimateCrisis ????: @mohsinkazmitakespictures / Windy.com

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires

Brazil dispatches troops, military aircraft to battle Amazon forest fires The Brazilian military is deploying troops to the Amazon to fight the massive wildfires that have swept the region and sparked an international outcry. Brazil's defense minister has said that some 44,000 troops will be available for "unprecedented" operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to six Brazilian states that asked for federal help. The states are Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre and Mato Grosso. "The protection of the forest is our duty," Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said in a televised address Friday.

With Amazon ablaze , Brazil faces global backlash : ' Lungs of the Earth are in flames '. He said Brazil is "turning its back" on past environmental achievements, including the 1992 Earth Summit, and has proposed infrastructure projects that will accelerate the challenge of climate change.

Brazil faces a backlash as the amazon burns. The burning forest is the home of more than million people and thousands of species of plants. Generating most of the oxygen around the world, brazil is called the lungs of the earth .

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The Bolsonaro administration has reacted with indignation to the outrage, claiming without presenting any evidence that nongovernmental organizations could have started the fires to undermine the far-right president.

In the northern state of Rondônia, which has been among the most affected by the fires, indigenous leaders described watching wild animals dashing out of areas of the forest as the flames approached.

“We saw wild pigs, tapirs, armadillos, anteaters, snakes in larger numbers than we are used to,” said Adriano Karipuna, a leader in the Karipuna indigenous community, whose territory has been affected by fires. “We saw the forest covered in smoke, and the sky darkened. Our eyes became red due to the smoke.”

With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Brazil’s diplomatic missions have been targeted with protests because of its shifting reputation on the environment. Mr. Karipuna said loggers are striding into protected areas, emboldened by Mr. Bolsonaro’s views that the legal protections granted to indigenous lands are an unreasonable impediment to profiting from the Amazon’s resources.

As Amazon Burns, Fires in Next-Door Bolivia Also Wreak Havoc

As Amazon Burns, Fires in Next-Door Bolivia Also Wreak Havoc Amid growing international alarm over fires in Brazil’s Amazon region, neighboring Bolivia is facing devastating fires of its own, with flames devouring farmland and environmentally sensitive forests alike . In midst of the calamity, the country’s president, Evo Morales, suspended his re-election campaign on Sunday and, in a shift, welcomed foreign aid. © Aizar Raldes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Evo Morales of Bolivia said he would accept international aid and suspend his re-election campaign to fight wildfires.

“He empowered them, he told them to invade,” Mr. Karipuna said in a phone interview.

Senior government officials in Brazil took aim on Thursday at international news coverage and criticism from Western governments, calling their characterization of the fires intentionally misleading.

“There’s a reason why Brazil has the best environmental credentials and the best preserved forests,” Filipe Martins, a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Bolsonaro wrote in a series of messages on Twitter. “We know how to protect and take care of what is ours.

With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © Thomson Reuters Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, Brazil August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino He added: “If you are wondering who is going to save the Amazon, here’s a very straightforward answer for you: It’s not the empty, hysterical and misleading rhetoric of the mainstream media, transnational bureaucrats and NGOs.”

Brazil has strict environmental laws and regulations, but they are often violated with impunity. The vast majority of fines for breaking environmental laws go unpaid with little or no consequences.

Forest fires are common in Brazil during this time of the year, which tends to be cooler and drier. But the number now raging in the Amazon is unusually high.

Brazil has angrily attacked offers to help it put out the huge fires in the Amazon — here is why it is pushing back against global outrage

Brazil has angrily attacked offers to help it put out the huge fires in the Amazon — here is why it is pushing back against global outrage Brazil's leaders are pushing back at world leaders' outcry about the Amazon, telling the rest of the world they should stay out of the issue entirely.

Data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research shows that from January to July, fires consumed 4.6 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon, a 62 percent increase compared to last year.

Joênia Wapichana, a federal lawmaker from the northern state of Roraima, was among a group of members of Congress who called on Thursday for the impeachment of Mr. Bolsonaro’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles.

“The government has a duty to come up with an emergency plan for the Amazon,” said Ms. Wapichana, the first indigenous woman elected to Congress. “There is no response from the government. The government is acting in a defensive and desperate manner.”

With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © Thomson Reuters Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, Brazil August 14, 2019. Picture Taken August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino In recent months, as the Bolsonaro administration has questioned the usefulness of the Amazon Fund bankrolled by German and Norwegian taxpayers, leaders in those countries have come to consider abandoning it altogether.

The fund was started in 2008, when Brazil was making strides in curbing deforestation through an ambitious set of policies that included aggressive law enforcement and conservation efforts.

“The policies of the Brazilian government on the Amazon region call into question whether they are still pursuing the goal of consistently reducing deforestation rates,” Germany’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement this month. “We need certainty on that account before we can continue project cooperation.”

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The trade deal between the European Union and Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament, and it is meeting resistance from environmental activists who are pressing lawmakers on the issue.

President Emmanuel Macron of France posted a tweet on Thursday calling the fires “an international crisis” and called for the “emergency” to be discussed at this weekend’s Group of 7 summit meeting he is hosting.

Mr. Bolsonaro responded with his own post on Twitter, writing that Mr. Macron’s position was “sensationalist” and that the fire in the Amazon was an internal issue for Brazilians to resolve. The idea of discussing it as the G7 was “colonialist.”

Brazil’s shifting reputation on the environment has made its diplomatic missions abroad targets of protests by militant conservation groups.

With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’ © ASSOCIATED PRESS This Aug. 15, 2019 satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows closeup view of a fire southwest of Porto Velho Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year as of Tuesday, Aug. 20. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP) Last week the police in London arrested six activists from the Extinction Rebellion group who glued themselves to the windows of the Brazilian Embassy.

“We need to do what we can to protect what Bolsonaro’s government is trying to destroy,” Lazer Sorrë, a high school student who took part in the protest in London, said in a statement the group released.

Why it’s been so lucrative to destroy the Amazon rainforest

Why it’s been so lucrative to destroy the Amazon rainforest G7 countries offered $20 million to combat fires in the Amazon. But it’s nowhere near enough to stop the deforestation.

Waldez Góes, the governor of the northern state of Amapá, is among a group of governors who are calling on European leaders to continue bankrolling conservation initiatives, bypassing the federal government. Mr. Góes said he feared that continued degradation of the Amazon would spark a boycott of Brazilian products.

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With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’
With Amazon Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash: ‘Lungs of the Earth Are in Flames’

“We live in a country that produces food,” he said in an interview. “The price could be very high for producers and for the nation.”

Jerônimo Goergen, a federal lawmaker from the so-called ruralist caucus, which champions industries seeking broader access to the Amazon, said he was deeply worried about Brazil’s reputation abroad as its approach to the environment has come under harsh scrutiny.

“This creates a terrible image for Brazil,” he said. “The agricultural sector stands to suffer the most based on the way this debate is being framed.”

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