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Macron posts Amazon fire photo that's not from this year, gets torched by Brazil's Bolsonaro


Added 08-23-19 06:37:02am EST - “Across social media, people are sharing images of fires raging through the Amazon rainforest accompanied by cries for immediate action from world leaders. Emmanuel Macron answered, but with a misleading, old photo.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Macron posts Amazon fire photo that’s not from this year, gets torched by Brazil’s Bolsonaro”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An image shared by the French president’s Twitter account purports to show the wildfires currently incinerating vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest, dubbed by many as the’ lungs of the Earth’. Macron called on the G7 leaders to prioritize the Amazon fires at this weekend’s summit. 

However, as it turns out, the image Macron shared during his Twitter call-to-arms was taken in the Amazon by photographer Loren McIntyre, who was working for National Geographic at the time. However, McIntyre died at the age of 86 in May 2003, so the photograph is, at the very least, 16 years old.

Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazonpic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big

Macron was quickly rebuked for his “sensationalist tone” by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the French leader of trying “to take advantage of what is a domestic Brazilian issue and of other Amazonian countries for personal political gain.” 

Between January and August there have been a recorded 72,843 fires in the Amazon, compared with 39,759 during the same period in 2018, with many blaming Bolsonaro’s policies for exacerbating the problem of deforestation in the region.

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