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ESEP 21:11-15 (2021)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00194

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Wildfires and Brazilian irrationality on social networks

Heslley Machado Silva*

University Center of Formiga, Formiga City, Minas Gerais State 35574-110, Brazil
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ABSTRACT: Recent forest fires in Brazil and Australia have been the subject of irrational discussions on social networks without any legitimate scientific basis. These discussions often overlook or ignore fundamental questions about how limited government reactions, especially from the Brazilian government, to climate change affect these disasters. This article seeks to foster a discussion supported by data about climate change, the consequences of increased frequency of catastrophic weather events, and ways in which aggressiveness and ignorance via the internet and social networks do nothing to address the underlying issues.


KEY WORDS: Ecology · Climate change · Social media


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Cite this article as: Silva HM (2021) Wildfires and Brazilian irrationality on social networks. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 21:11-15. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00194

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