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Why Brazilian farmers are burning the rainforest - and why it's difficult for Bolsonaro to stop them


September 9, 2019

Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world's largest rainforest. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, under international pressure to curb the fires now spiking across the Amazon, is trying to crack down on the farmers and loggers who clear land by burning the rainforest.

But he's up against long-standing traditions, practices, laws - and some of his own rhetoric.


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