G7 pledges millions to help fight Amazon fires

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A girl attends a protest called by intellectuals and artists against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The G7 has agreed to spend $20mn on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle huge blazes engulfing parts of the world’s biggest rainforest, the presidents of France and Chile said yesterday.
The G7 club — comprising Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US — also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Chile’s Sebastian Pinera said at a summit in southwest France.
Brazil would have to agree to any reforestation plan, as would indigenous communities living in the Amazon.
The initiative was announced after G7 leaders meeting in the resort of Biarritz held talks on the environment, focusing on the record number of fires destroying chunks of the Amazon.
Macron had declared the situation in the Amazon region an “international crisis” and made it one of the summit’s priorities.

He has threatened to block a huge new trade deal between the EU and Latin America unless Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change sceptic, takes serious steps to protect the forest from logging and mining.
“We must respond to the call of the forest which is burning today in the Amazon,” Macron said yesterday.
Nearly 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year, a little over half in the massive Amazon basin.
Bolsonaro has lashed out at Macron over his criticism and suggested that NGOs could be setting the fires to embarrass him — without giving any evidence to back the claim.
But at the weekend he finally caved in to international pressure to save a region crucial for maintaining a stable global climate, deploying two aircraft to douse fires and authorising the army to help tackle the blazes.
Speaking in Biarritz, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said new planting was needed “to preserve this universal heritage, which is absolutely essential for the well-being of the world’s population.”
He said the issue would be discussed during the UN General Assembly in New York in September. Meanwhile, hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Amazon in Brazil, data showed yesterday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas.
Smoke choked Port Velho city as fires raged in the northwestern state of Rondonia where fire-fighting efforts are concentrated.
Two C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying thousands of litres of water on Sunday began dousing fires devouring chunks of the world’s largest rainforest, which is seen as crucial to keeping climate change in check.
Swathes of the remote region have been scorched by the worst fires in years, sending thick smoke billowing into the sky.
Experts say increased land clearing during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has aggravated the problem this year.
Bolsonaro has ordered an investigation into reports that rural producers in the northern state of Para held a “day of fire” on August 10 in a show of support for the far-right leader’s efforts to weaken environmental protection monitoring in the region.
Seven states, including Rondonia, have requested the Brazilian army’s help in the Amazon, where more than 43,000 troops have been made available to combat fires.
It is not clear how many of them are actually involved in fire-fighting efforts so far.
After initially blaming the fires on non-government organizations, Bolsonaro on Friday vowed a “zero tolerance” approach to criminal activities in the Amazon and promised strong action to control the blazes.
Dozens of firefighters arrived in Porto Velho on Sunday and Justice Minister Sergio Moro has given the green light for the deployment of security forces to tackle illegal deforestation.
The latest official figures show 80,626 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, the highest number of any year since at least 2013.
More than half of the fires are in the massive Amazon basin.
Some 1,113 new fires were ignited across Saturday and Sunday, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.



Source: Gulf times.com