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Pressure mounts for Brazil to counter raging Amazon fires

Clip: 08/23/2019 | 2m 25s Video has closed captioning.

Large sections of the Amazon rainforest are engulfed in flames, their smoke turning Sao Paolo’s midday skyline to total darkness. Brazilian forest fires are common at this time of year but have spiked since 2018. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has encouraged logging in the Amazon, admits the situation is “chaos” and is mustering the military for a response. William Brangham reports.

Aired: 08/23/19

Rating: NR

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