ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Last week's person of the week, Dr. Peter Raven, and his rain forest research recalled. Report introduced.
(Amazon rain forests, Brazil: Barrie Dunsmore) Plight of Amazon rain forests featured; details given of important of rain forests, scenes shown of impact of civilization on forests. New accessibility of rain forest in Rondonia region of Brazil, detailed; development of roads, dams, ranches and farms noted. [Farmer Reynando Fernando De SANTOS - (thru translator) explains reasons for burning land.] [Scientist William GRUENFELD - says rain forest will never come back the way it was.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellite photos of rain forest shown. Impact of fires in forest on global air pollution explained. Efforts by Brazilian president Jose Sarney to deal with environmental problem noted.
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