Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest was worse than previously reported in 2019, revised government data showed, during the first year of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is keen to develop the forest crucial to curbing global warming.
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of the year, according to data released on Friday, a worrying trend after the devastation caused by record fires last year.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, dismissed as a “commercial game” the result of the COP25 climate talks in Madrid. He particularly singled out rich European nations as the players.
After the South American country's failure to comply with the request that a project to increase Brazil's commitments with climate issues, the United Nations decided Wednesday to veto the speech which was to be delivered by dignitaries of President Jair Bolsonaro's administration.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused Chile's former leader Michelle Bachelet, now the United Nations human rights chief, of meddling in his country's affairs after she criticized a rise in police violence and an erosion of democracy.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday he would meet with other South American countries to set common policy for defending the Amazon rain forest, while his foreign minister said Brazil should be seen as an environmental hero.
Fires have destroyed 1.2 million hectares of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said on Wednesday, though environmentalists claim the true figure is much greater.
The record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has coincided with a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations, BBC analysis has found. Official data from Brazil's environment agency shows fines from January to 23 August dropped almost a third compared with the same period last year.
Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest, according to a government video.
The European Union Council president Donald Tusk said it was hard to imagine the bloc ratifying its trade pact with Mercosur as long as Brazil fails to curb the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest. The EU stands by the EU-Mercosur agreement, Tusk told reporters at a G7 meeting in Biarritz in southern France.