Amazon fires: G7 countries pledge funds to fight record blazes

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Speaking at the end of the G7 leaders' summit, Trudeau says the country is also reaching out to the government of Brazil to see what else is needed to douse the flames, which he describes as a symptom of an escalating climate crisis.

Asked whether the response came from Bolsonaro himself, a spokesman for Brazil's presidential palace refused to comment.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, said £18 million would be released immediately along with military support on the ground. "It's sad. It's sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians", he added.

After facing global criticism that Brazil was not doing enough to fight the fires, President Jair Bolsonaro announced earlier in the week that he would send in the military to fight the fires.

Macron said: "I think Brazilian women will probably be ashamed to read that from their president".

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France has long expressed reservations about the Mercosur deal, with Macron warning in June he would not sign it if Bolsonaro pulled out of the Paris climate accord.

The populist Brazilian leader initially questioned whether activist groups might have started the fires in an effort to damage the credibility of his government.

"I respect every leader elected by their country as I respect all the peoples of the countries", said Mr Macron.

In these data, cities and towns appear white; forested areas appear black; and tropical savannas and woodland (known in Brazil as Cerrado) appear gray.

Official figures show 78,383 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, the highest number of any year since 2013.

In addition, the institute also reported a significant increase in deforestation, leading Bolsonaro to fire the institute's director, claiming that they were "made up numbers", Brazilian media reported.

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US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, both attending the G7 summit, have offered their countries' assistance in fighting the fires.

Macron announced over the weekend that the G7 countries would release €20 million (NZ$35m) to help fight the raging fires in the Amazon.

In a speech that day, Bolsonaro sent a "message to Brazil and the world on the Brazilian Amazon and the disinformation campaign built against our nation's sovereignty", in which he stated that, "protecting the forest is our duty".

As the Amazon forest fires rage on, U.S. space agency NASA said that 2019 has seen an increase in the number forest fires in the Amazon region in Brazil.

He said Bolsonaro's comments were "extraordinarily rude", adding: "What can I say?" According to local news outlet Globo Rural (and as tweeted by investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald), the group told the federal government in advance of lighting the match, hoping that Bolsonaro's government would forgive the hefty fines that normally accompany environmental crimes.

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