Amazon deforestation and the Bolsonaro government’s trouble with the truth

Amazon deforestation Brazil Bolsonaro

“They’re shooting the messenger.”

These were the words of Antônio Nobre, Amazon expert and researcher of the Brazilian Institute of Space Research (Inpe), upon hearing that director Ricardo Galvão had been fired by the Jair Bolsonaro government.

The institute has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, after having its latest data on deforestation contested by the president, who questioned the veracity of the numbers from what is a highly respected research institute. This was coupled with mounting pressure on Brazil from the international press to act quickly and save the Amazon rainforest.

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