Amazon rainforest ‘will collapse if Bolsonaro remains president’

Amazon rainforest ‘will collapse if Bolsonaro remains president’

Brazilian academics and activists issue warning amid fresh assault on environmental protections

The collapse of the Amazon rainforest is inevitable if Jair Bolsonaro remains president of Brazil, academics and environmental activists have warned amid a fresh government assault on protections for the forest.

Despite evidence that fire, drought and land clearance are pushing the Amazon towards a point of no return, they say the far-right leader is more interested in placating the powerful agribusiness lobby and tapping global markets that reward destructive behaviour.

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