South America

Amazon ablaze

Print edition : September 27, 2019

A fire burns on a tract of Amazon jungle near Porto Velho, Brazil, on August 31. Photo: RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

An aerial view of a burning tract. Photo: RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Adriano Machado/REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: ERIN SCHAFF/NYT

This NASA Earth Observatory map shows active fire locations (shown in orange) in South America between August 15 and 22. Photo: JOSHUA STEVENS/AFP/NASA

The Amazon, the world’s carbon sink, is in deep trouble after settlers and farmers allegedly set fire to it in order to exploit the virgin forest, with the tacit support of the Brazilian government.
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