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Bolsonaro blames Amazon rainforest wildfires on green groups | DW News

Brazil’s right wing president Jair Bolsonaro says non-governmental organisations may have intentionally started wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to embarrass him and his government. He offered no evidence to back up his claim. According to Brazil’s space agency, a record number of almost 73,000 forest fires were recorded in the country already this year. The Amazon forest absorbs massive amounts of CO2. Losing the Amazon rainforest could mean losing one of the world’s greatest natural defenses against climate change.
CORRECTION: In this video DW reports that the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. This figure was quoted widely by campaign groups, public figures and media organizations like DW. In fact, though the Amazon rainforest absorbs massive amounts of CO2, academics agree that it produces less than 10% of the world’s oxygen.

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