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Gathering Firestorm Over Burning Amazon Prompts Brazil to React

Aug. 22, 2019, 6:39 PM

The Brazilian government is pushing back against mounting national and international pressure over its environmental policies as a record number of fires rip through the Amazon rain forest.

Environment Minister Ricardo Salles announced the creation of an Amazon task force in an interview with local news website UOL, while President Jair Bolsonaro’s senior foreign policy adviser tweeted a long English language thread defending Brazil’s record on Amazon deforestation and attacking media coverage. Meanwhile, House Speaker Rodrigo Maia said Congress will set up a panel to study the fires.

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