• | Indigenous people protest in defense of the Amazon while wildfires burn in that region in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Sunday Aug 25 2019 Experts from the countrys satellite monitoring agency say most of the fires are set by farmers or ranchers clearing existing farmland but the same monitoring agency has reported a sharp increase in deforestation this year as well AP PhotoBruna Prado | MR Online

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro causes global outrage over Amazon fires

    The far-right populist leader initially dismissed the hundreds of blazes and then questioned whether activist groups might have started the fires in an effort to damage the credibility of his government, which has called for looser environmental regulations in the world’s largest rainforest to spur development.