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Brazilian Government will Extend Military Deployment in the Amazon Rainforest

The Brazilian government will extend the military’s deployment to fight the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by five months through April 2021 from its previous November end date.

The Brazilian government will extend the military’s deployment to fight the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by five months through April 2021 from its previous November end date.

On Tuesday morning, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao told local reporters in capital Brasilia that President Jair Bolsonaro would sign a decree next week in order to extend the military deployment ´to protect the largest rainforest in the world, which acts as a curb on climate change by absorbing greenhouse gas.

“We must continue because we want to enter a virtuous cycle of falling deforestation. We are committed to bringing it down and to bring it down we need people out in the field enforcing the law,” Vice President Mourao said. He added that $31.97 million remains of the $70 million set aside for the military’s Amazon deployment, enough to fund continuing operations.

President Bolsonaro deployed the military to the Amazon rainforest back in May, repeating a similar deployment made last year when fires spiked in the region and provoked international criticism that Brazil needed to do more to protect the largest rainforest in the world.

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