Amazon fires: G7 countries pledge funds to fight record blazes

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The pledge by rich countries included $20 million from the G-7 and a separate $11 million from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The BC Wildfire Service has said it will not be sending any firefighting resources to Brazil because British Columbia does not have a mutual aid agreement in place with Brazil.

The Brazilian military operations came after widespread criticism of Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis.

"Look, does anyone help anyone. without something in return?"

Bolsonaro has rejected what he calls foreign interference in domestic affairs in Brazil, where vast tracts of the Amazon rainforest are ablaze in what is known as the burning season.

Environmentalists have said that farmers clearing land for pasture were responsible for the uptick in fires.

Since taking office in January, Bolsonaro has railed against the enforcement of environmental regulations in Brazil and announced intentions to develop the Amazon region, where deforestation of the world's largest rainforest by loggers, ranchers and speculators has surged this year. Smoke rose from nearby trees as he spoke. I believe the Brazilian people, which is a great people, are bit ashamed of those kind of behaviors.

Another man, Antonio de Jesus, was also anxious.

French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro for endorsing "rude" remarks about his wife.

French President Emmanuel Macron says the countries will offer short-term assistance to help douse the flames.

"It's sad. First for him and for the Brazilians", Macron said.

"Brazilian women are probably feeling ashamed of their president", he added.

In these data, cities and towns appear white; forested areas appear black; and tropical savannas and woodland (known in Brazil as Cerrado) appear gray. #PrayforAmazonia has become a worldwide trending topic.

The move was welcomed by many critics, but some say it's not enough and comes too late.

Macron said on Sunday world powers needed to be ready to help with reforestation, but acknowledged there were different views over this aspect, without going into details.

Macron said Trump agreed on the initiative but could not attend because of bilateral meeting engagements.

Even so, Germany and Norway recently cut tens of millions of dollars in donations to Brazilian forestry projects, saying Bolsonaro's administration isn't committed to curbing deforestation.

According to Brazil's space research centre, INPE, which has been recording wildfires since 2013, more than 75,000 fires are burning in Brazil, which is a more than 80 per cent increase over the same period of 2018, the agency told Reuters.

Almost 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year, a little over half in the massive Amazon basin.

Numerous fires are thought to have been set by farmers, loggers and ranchers trying to clear land, according to officials, who say Bolsonaro's attitude about the rainforest may have caused some of them to believe the government was giving a green light to such activity.

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