Brazil’s president deploys the army to contain devastating blazes in the Amazon.
The ‘green lungs’ of our planet are burning, with fires across Brazil’s Amazon wiping out huge areas of its rainforest.
They’re burning out of control in many parts at a record rate – and official figures show there’s been more than 75-thousand forest fires in Brazil this year alone.
If they can’t be stopped, then we may be in real trouble, because the Amazon’s forests absorb millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year, and are crucial in regulating global warming.
The crisis has created a panic among environmentalists and even some governments around the globe.
Many are blaming Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro for not doing enough to stop the blazes.
So, why has a natural disaster turned political?
Presenter: Julie MacDonald
Andrew Miller, Advocacy director at Amazon Watch.
Simone Rosito, Businesswoman, philanthropist and Political Commentator.
Farnon Ellwood, Community Ecologist and Professor of Conservation Science at University of the West of England, Bristol.
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