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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Fires Back at Amazon Deforestation Data

Aug. 1, 2019, 8:21 PM

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro criticized data showing increased deforestation in the Amazon region in June, saying that the “false” numbers damage both his own image and that of his country.

In a press conference alongside his environment and foreign affairs ministers, Bolsonaro said that the “sensationalist” figures showing an 88% expansion in Amazon deforestation between June 2018 and June 2019 jeopardized Brazil’s foreign relations.

The president blamed the numbers on a biased political operatives and threatened to fire anyone who had been found to manipulate the data to make his administration look bad.

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