Forests just don’t catch fire under certain conditions, says expert

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The president of the Brazilian Institute for Environmental Protection, Carlos Bocuhy, said in an interview with CNN Radio, that President Jair Bolsonaro’s speech about the Amazon rainforest is “mistaken”.

On Monday (15), Bolsonaro said, during a speech at the opening of the Invest in Brazil Forum – an event for investors – in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, that the Amazon “because it is a rainforest, it does not catch fire.”

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According to Bocuhy, the forest, in fact, is humid, but “does not catch fire under certain conditions”: “When you cut forests so that the wood dries under the ground to be burned and the land cleared, as criminality normally does. , catches fire, yes.”

“This is an important element in understanding deforestation”, he added.


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According to the expert, during the UN Climate Conference, Brazil “withdrew the retrograde posture of the Ministry of the Environment”, and there was a “slight improvement” in the country’s position vis-à-vis the main world leaders in terms of environmental preservation.

“Itamaraty played a proactive role”, he said, although he stressed that “there was pressure from the internal sectors” to do so.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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