G7 leaders commit 266 million to fight wildfires in Amazon rainforest

BIARRITZ, France — G7 leaders have come to an agreement to offer help to Brazil to help fight the raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.French President Emmanuel Macron says the countries will offer short-term assistance to help douse the flames.G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $26.6 million to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to echo Macron’s calls for action on the rainforest fires a day before the G7 summit began, who shunted the blazes to the top of the summit agenda after declaring them a global emergency.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to her Brazilian counterpart Sunday and offered Canada’s support.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Last week Macron accused Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government of not doing enough to protect the area and of lying about its environmental commitments.Meanwhile, Trump skipped the session. Macron said Trump agreed on the initiative but could not attend because of bilateral meeting engagements.Satellites have recorded more than 41,000 fires in the Amazon region so far this year — with more than half of those coming this month alone. Those Amazon rainforest fires? Here’s what’s really happening Amazon tribe sees its survival imperilled by Brazilian development and deforestation Amazon fires an ‘international crisis’ that must be tackled by G7: France’s Macron — With files from The Associated Press and Reuters An aerial photo released by Greenpeace showing smoke billowing from forest fires in the municipality of Candeias do Jamari, close to Porto Velho in Rondonia State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil, on August 24, 2019. Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace / AGP / Getty Images read more