Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 10:58 GMT
Amnesty International claims government is committing crimes against humanity and calls for international response.
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 09:45 GMT
As fires burn across nine states, experts say forest service has been slow to bring in resources to boost ageing fleet of air tankers
Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80% since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the forest code will lead to further destruction. About 20% of the rainforest has already been destroyed. Before this month’s Rio+20 Earth summit, the Brazilian Amazon, home to 60% of the world’s largest forest and 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country