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Posted by: crikey Offline Posted: Sunday, 25 August 2019 6:32:37 PM(UTC)
There are some hints that some have a vested interest in the burning of the Amazon

'Camila Veiga of the Brazilian Association of NGOs said: ‘The fires are the consequence of a policy of environmental devastation, of support for agribusiness, of increasing pastures.’ The fires have been raging for around three weeks and an area the size of a football pitch is said to be lost every minute.'

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'The smell is of barbecue, caused by vast swathes of the world’s largest tropical rainforest going up in flames. Raimundo Mura, indigenous leader with the Mura tribe who live in a reserve near Humaita, Amazonas state said: ‘For the forest, I will go on until my last drop of blood. ‘All the trees had lives, they all needed to live, each in their own place. ‘For us this is destruction. What is being done here is an atrocity against us.’ The rainforest is home to some one million indigenous people and three million species of plants and animals. But it is being decimated at record rates – burnt or cleared for farming and mining. Scientists have recorded more than 74,000 fires in Brazil this year – an 84% increase compared to the same period last year. They can now be seen from space and have plunged the largest city Sao Paulo into darkness because of the heavy smoke. In total, the blazes have created a layer of smoke estimated to be 1.2 million square miles wide that spreads across Latin America to the Atlantic coast.

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