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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has urged French leader Emmanuel Macron to “keep [his] nose out” of his country’s affairs as fires continue to ravage the Amazon rainforest at alarming intensity.
According to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (NISR), which monitors deforestation and wildfires, around 74,000 fires have occurred across the Amazon rainforest in 2019, an 84 percent increase from the same period in 2018.
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Macron took to Twitter on Thursday to express concern about the fires that have reached a record number this year, devastating vast swathes of forest long described as the “lungs of the earth.”
“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” Macron wrote on Twitter. “It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days”:
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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Elysée Palace said that “in light of Brazil’s attitude these recent weeks Macron can only conclude that President Bolsonaro lied to him during the Osaka Summit” in June where world leaders agreed on the “urgent need” to combat climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction.
“The decisions and statements from Brazil these recent weeks show clearly that President Bolsonaro has decided to...
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