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Amazon fire: Brazil issues decree stopping land clearance

Brazil through President Jair Bolsonaro has banned people from setting fire to clear land for 60 days I a bid to stop Amazon fire.

Signing a decree, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro declared the ban as he faces huge criticism over the failure to control the Amazon fire.

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A 77% rise in Amazon fire in the South American country has been recorded this year compared to last year representing 80,000 cases reported this year alone.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s administration has come under heavy criticism over policies enacted to overlook environmental issues.

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The new decree, however, allows setting of fire under three circumstances which include matters plant health, as a measure to fight wildfires and as part of a traditional agricultural system done by indigenous people.

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This week the Brazilian President turned down monetary assistance from G7 leaders to combat the deadly fire.

In his defense, he said that accepting it would make the country be under a colony.

The G7 summit however discussed on measures to combat such cases of fire saying that they need to set up an account just for it.

Slavian Mwangecho
Passionate blogger on a day to day activities happening in Kenya, Africa and around the world. A keen follower of the latest news making headlines around the world

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