Opinion | When the world’s lungs breathe fire1 min read 26 Aug 2019, 05:48 PM IST
The Amazon, about 60% of which is in Brazil, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest
An environmental crisis of massive proportions is unfolding in Brazil, but one that has implications for the whole globe. Man-made fires have been devouring Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest. The intensity and scale of these fires, which have surged nearly 83% this year, can be gauged from the fact that thick smoke has thrown a pall of darkness on Sao Paulo, hundreds of kilometres away. Yet, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro remained unmoved until he was forced by global voices of condemnation and threats of economic sanctions to dispatch troops to contain the blaze. Bolsonaro, who was voted to power about eight months ago and had in his poll campaign pledged to exploit the Amazon for economic gains, has often dismissed climate change worries as a hoax.