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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

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    Wildfires and Brazilian irrationality on social networks

    Dr. Heslley Machado Silva

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    ABSTRACT: Recent forest fires in Brazil and Australia have been subjects 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 impact these disasters. This essay seeks to foster a discussion supported by data about climate change, the consequences for 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.