Brazil’s new president has emboldened loggers, but the destruction is far less than in decades past
By Tatiana Prophet
PLANET EARTH — The headlines and photos of conflagration and destruction crackled across our devices on August 20. Reuters reported:
Amazon burning: Brazil reports record forest fires
”Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have jumped this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil’s space research centre INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy.”
Reuters actually ran a correction on the story, qualifying the “record fires” statement with an added “since 2010.” Other articles stated “since record keeping began.” But many sites carried the original story, and in the case of Euro News, the error is still up. So is Emmanuel Macron’s tweet below, which contains a photo from 1999. (Celebrity Jaden Smith shared a photo from 1989).