Listen: Fires in the Amazon rooted in deforestation pushed by Brazil's president
"Take a nice deep breath and say thanks to the amazon rainforest okay. I'm exaggerating a bit but the amazon region produces twenty percent of the oxygen and in the planet's atmosphere. That's why it's been called the lungs of the earth and right now. Those lungs are burning for the past three weeks. Massive wildfires in brazil have have been destroying vast parts of the amazon brazil's national institute for space research said earlier this month that a record amount of farce has gone up in smoke this summer more rain forrest sent in the last three years combined environmentalists have been especially alarmed about deforestation since the election brazil's president gyro bolsonaro last year he came into office promising to develop the amazon region for farming and mining bolsonaro had this to say to his critics yesterday ugliest alda regarding the amazon fis. I'm under the impression they could have been started by the ngos. What was their intention to bring about problems. In brazil. Romolo battista is the amazon campaigner for greenpeace. He's brazil. I asked him what he sees. When he steps outside in the city of manaus we see him announced. Some is smoke and ashes futterman is not close the the big fires have some spot fires but in the main capitals of the moslem is almost impossible to see the light of the sun i mean the amazon is a massive rainforest. How much of it has been affected. Well tanning right now about data. Difficult goes what we have right now. Is that the baltic spots because there is a lot of smoke. The satellite cannot read exactly what it what do we have a is record in the last nine years as to present bolsa narrows claim that ngos started the fires. What is your reaction to that. Also it's a attempt by the president to hide hi dean cellphone consequences of environmental policy. He has been adopted. Its attempt to blaming anyone who denounced the environmental problem screened by his own ordering. How how much of a factor is deforestation in causing these wildfires. Almost all of these fires caused by human actions they use the fire is an instrument of frustration <unk> to destroy inaugu by designed for different use of soil then once we are going to dry seasons much more difficult to talk. It's important to know that there was another fifty percent off the money for the full probational fire he cut house off off the income from this program what we see in <hes> pictures of sao paulo <hes> enveloped in smoke. Do you know how this is all affecting people's people's health whether it's in the amazon or anywhere in brazil in a lot of fights he knows own these are happening since these devices on east start they they have increased of people going to host out because of breathing problems in my nose smell smoke smell will forest bernie or can. She won't be breached in allies. Angle paying goes off a smoke and ashes in india. This is a big problem. Romolo battista is the amazon on campaigner for greenpeace brazil speaking with us from the center of the amazon in manaus."