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In a closed-door meeting in May, Environment Minister Ricardo Salles urged President Bolsonaro to take advantage of global leaders’ Covid-19 blinders to simplify regulations, according to a video of the gathering released by the Supreme Court.(Reuters file photo)

Jair Bolsonaro plans to appease investors with ban on Amazon fires

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2020 11:22 AM IST
The decree is being drafted by the Environment Ministry, with a start date yet to be decided. Last year, the government banned burning for 60 days before adding another 60 days.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had claimed that Leonardo DiCaprio financed groups allegedly linked to fires in the Amazon rain forest.(REUTERS)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had claimed that Leonardo DiCaprio financed groups allegedly linked to fires in the Amazon rain forest.(REUTERS)

Leonardo DiCaprio denies Brazilian president’s accusation of link to Amazon fires, says ‘we did not fund the organizations targeted’

By HT Correspondent | Agence France-Presse, Sao Paulo
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 09:58 AM IST
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio took to Instagram to deny the claims made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he helped fund groups allegedly linked to Amazon fires.
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Brazil will hire local environmental police on a short-term basis to combat Amazon fires(Reuters Photo)
Brazil will hire local environmental police on a short-term basis to combat Amazon fires(Reuters Photo)

Brazil to hire short-term environmental enforcers following Amazon fires

By Reuters | Brasilia
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 07:32 AM IST
The scheme will involve contracting state environmental police on their days off to assist federal government enforcement efforts, Salles said in an interview. He said the ministry aims to have a deal in place with states to allow for such a scheme to begin before next year’s peak deforestation and fire season, which generally starts in May or June.
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The Amazon fire provides an opportunity to review the status of India’s rainforests, which are restricted to the Western Ghats, and the Northeastern Himalayas(Bloomberg)
The Amazon fire provides an opportunity to review the status of India’s rainforests, which are restricted to the Western Ghats, and the Northeastern Himalayas(Bloomberg)

To save India’s rainforests, we must first value them

By KumKum Dasgupta | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:55 AM IST
The ‘development-at-any-cost’ model doesn’t work. There is a growing urgency to protect this ecological heritage.
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Brazil’s president is finding himself increasingly isolated on the global stage over his response to the blazes, which threaten what many view as a key bulwark against global climate change.(Reuters Photo)
Brazil’s president is finding himself increasingly isolated on the global stage over his response to the blazes, which threaten what many view as a key bulwark against global climate change.(Reuters Photo)

Brazil says ready to accept aid for Amazon fires, but will decide how it’s used

By Reuters | Brazil
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 01:41 PM IST
Brazil said it was ready to accept foreign aid to help fight fires in the Amazon but only if it could determine how it was spent.
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A man is seen on a burning tract of the Amazon jungle in Canarana, Mato Grosso state, Brazil August 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
A man is seen on a burning tract of the Amazon jungle in Canarana, Mato Grosso state, Brazil August 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)

‘Resources fit to reforest Europe’: Brazil rejects G7 aid for Amazon fires

By Press Trust of India | Brasilia
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 09:26 AM IST
A USD 20 million pledge was made at the G7 summit in France to fight the rainforest blazes.
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An aerial view of forest fire of the Amazon taken with a drone.(Reuters Image)
An aerial view of forest fire of the Amazon taken with a drone.(Reuters Image)

G7 pledges millions to help fight Amazon fires

By Agence France-Presse | Biarritz, France
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2019 11:00 PM IST
The G7 club -- comprising Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Chile’s Sebastian Pinera said at a summit in southwest France.
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G7 leaders close their summit Monday with discussion of world problems including the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest.(AP photo)
G7 leaders close their summit Monday with discussion of world problems including the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest.(AP photo)

G7 wrestles with Iran, Amazon fires and trade, but own unity shaky

By Agence France-Presse | Biarritz
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2019 02:33 PM IST
The summit in Biarritz, a high-end surfers’ paradise in southwestern France, saw a dramatic shift of focus Sunday when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew in to discuss the diplomatic deadlock on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme.
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A fire burns a field on a farm in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.(AP)
A fire burns a field on a farm in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.(AP)

Brazil sends Army to fight Amazon fires; Donald Trump tweets support

By Austin Weinstein and Walter Brandimarte | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 09:21 AM IST
Under growing domestic and international pressure, Bolsonaro on Friday promised “zero tolerance” for environmental crimes and pledged “strong action” to control fires -- many of them set by loggers emboldened by his government’s disdain for environmental oversight.
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An AFP fact check on Wednesday found most of the images are decades old or not even in the country.(Twitter/@xandranoel)
An AFP fact check on Wednesday found most of the images are decades old or not even in the country.(Twitter/@xandranoel)

Old photos of Amazon fires in Brazil fuel online outrage

By Agence France-Presse | Salvador
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 04:49 PM IST
Under the hashtag #PrayforAmazonas, users have expressed outrage over official data showing a surge in wildfires in the world’s biggest rainforest between January and August.
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Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil have ignited a firestorm on social media.(Reuters photo)
Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil have ignited a firestorm on social media.(Reuters photo)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

By Press Trust of India | Salvador
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 03:29 PM IST
Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year -- the highest number for any year since 2013. Most were in the Amazon.
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