Brazil has seen 84,000 fires since the start of the year, of which about 50 per cent were in the Amazon region. Photo: AFP

Fires in Amazon rainforest are being fuelled by US-China trade war, experts say

  • Economic opportunities provided by tariff dispute are pushing Brazilian beef and soybean farmers to turn their backs on decades of good practice in region, researchers say
  • Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro is undermining Brazil’s ‘amazing’ policies on land protection by lowering fines for environmental crimes, ecologist says
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Brazil has seen 84,000 fires since the start of the year, of which about 50 per cent were in the Amazon region. Photo: AFP
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A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest near Porto Velho, Brazil. The Brazil Amazon region has suffered its worst fires in years. Photo: EPA

Amazon fires: Brazil bans burning for two months to defuse crisis

  • Brazil’s president has been the subject of international criticism for fanning the flames of the Amazon’s destruction
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A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest near Porto Velho, Brazil. The Brazil Amazon region has suffered its worst fires in years. Photo: EPA
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