Brazil minister heckled at environment conference over Amazon fires

Brazil minister heckled at environment conference over Amazon fires

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San Salvador, Aug 22: Brazil's environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has been heckled at a meeting on climate change over the record number of fires in the Amazon.
According to a report of BBC on Thursday, he took to the stage at the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week in the Brazilian city of Salvador on Wednesday. The conference, organised by the United Nations, aims to promote action on climate change in the region and is attended by representatives from non-governmental organisations, businesses and educational organisations, among others. As soon as his name was announced most of those attending the opening session of the plenary booed and shouted, only a few people clapped.

Climate activists and conservationists have been scathing about the government of Jair Bolsonaro and its policies, which favour development over conservation. They said that since President Bolsonaro took office the Amazon rainforest has suffered losses and an accelerated rate.

Some of those at Wednesday's meeting shouted "the Amazon region is burning", as Mr Salles stepped on to the podium. Conservationists have blamed Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, for 'encouraging' the clearing of land by loggers and farmers, thereby speeding up the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Their anger was further fuelled by satellite data showing a steep rise in fires in the Amazon region this year. The figures suggest there have been more than 74,000 fires so far this year for the whole of Brazil, compared to just over 40,000 over the same period in 2018. (UNI)