Amazon Fires: What about Bolivia?

August 29, 2019

All eyes have been on the burning of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, as international pressure – and sharp criticism – have been heaped upon its president.
But fires do not stop at borders, and Bolivia’s rainforest is burning too.
The Amazon sprawls for millions of square miles across nine different countries – and Bolivia has seen fires rage across the forest near its borders with Brazil and Paraguay.

The size of the fires is estimated to have doubled since Thursday. About one million hectares – or more than 3,800 square miles- are affected.

Yet while Brazil’s President Bolsonaro has been trading rhetorical blows with world leaders over his actions to protect the rainforest, little attention has been given to the blaze in Bolivia and its causes.

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