NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Amazonia rain forest, Brazil: Ed Rabel) Environment impact of burning Amazon rain forests featured; details given, scenes shown. [Forest scientist Phil FEARNSIDE - says in 60 years United States coastal cities could be inundated.] No. of fires set last year in rain forest given. [Brazilian space scientist Dr. Alberto SETZER - comments on impact of fires.] Carbon dioxide theory illustration [FEARNSIDE - says Iowa would become even dryer.] Impt. of rain forest to humanity discussed. Brazilian squatters noted forced to survive by farming in rain forest after clearing land with fires. Rain forest area called Rondonia featured. [FEARNSIDE - says moving people into Rondonia is disastrous for global environmental] President Jose Sarney quoted with regard to situation. [SETZER - says if situation continues, rain forest will be destroyed in few years]