Brazil’s Bolsonaro Wants to Control Data About Amazon Deforestation

President Bolsonaro criticized deforestation data by INPE and stated that negative results might hinder international agreements.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After suggesting that the latest deforestation data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) was false, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro now wants the agency to "coordinate" reports of unfavorable data with government officials before divulging them.

"At the very least, if the data is alarming, he (INPE Director Galvão) should, in an attitude of responsibility, respect and patriotism, look to his immediate boss, in this case the minister and say: 'Look. minister, we have some data here we will disclose, we must disclose, so you must be prepared.' This is the way it should . . .

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