The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, weeks after telling donors he did not need their money.
Federal prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday they will investigate a spike in deforestation and wildfires raging in the Amazon state of Pará to determine whether there has been reduced monitoring and enforcement of environmental protections.
As the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is walking back allegations that he blamed NGO's for setting the wildfires. His policies have led to a surge in deforestation and development in the Amazon. Wall Street Journal correspondent Samantha Pearson joined CBSN on the phone from Brazil to discuss the latest developments.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of burning spots this year.