Amazon fires: France and Ireland threaten to block Brazil trade

Porto Velho firefighters battle a fire in the Amazon in the state of Rondonia Brazil on Sunday

Porto Velho firefighters battle a fire in the Amazon in the state of Rondonia Brazil on Sunday

"The whole world is watching a situation that is out of control in terms of deforestation and fires in Brazil's Amazon", Silva told a conference in Bogota.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Thursday: "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we can not afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity".

There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said.

The Brazilian leader accused Macron of sensationalism and of seeking "personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries".

"The decisions and statements from Brazil these recent weeks show clearly that President Bolsonaro has chose to not respect his commitments on the climate, nor to involve himself on the issue of biodiversity".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Friday that Dublin would vote against the deal unless Brazil acted to protect the rainforest.

In a Facebook Live video Thursday, Bolsonaro suggested multiple parties - including ranchers, NGOs and indigenous communities - could be to blame.

"There have been 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year - a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil)".

Prosecutors said they would look into an ad that they said was published in a local newspaper encouraging farmers to participate in a "Fire Day", in which they would burn large areas of the forest "to show Bolsonaro their willingness to work".

"They must change their disastrous policy of opening up the rainforest for destruction, which is what has paved the way for this current crisis", Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty's secretary general said.

Deforestation accelerated more than 60% in June 2019 over the same period past year, INPE's data shows.

"Brazilian rainforests are vital for the world's climate" and Brazil should do whatever it can to stop the blazes, Rinne said.

Even if Amazon nations did seek help in fighting the fires, there may not be much that European governments could quickly offer in the way of material assistance.

The fires raging in the Amazon rainforest amount to an "acute emergency" and Chancellor Angela Merkel believes it should be discussed by world leaders when they meet for this weekend's G7 summit, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday.

Wildfires are also raging in Bolivia, where officials estimate that an area the size of the U.S. state of DE has burned in recent days. "Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20 per cent of our planet's oxygen - is on fire", Macron said.

"Both inequalities and climate change are two fires on the planet, on the humanity".

"We are working at the advisers' level to take concrete initiatives on the Amazon as part of the G7", the source told Reuters. Sometimes, the forest fires are manmade, because of farming and ranching activities.

Deliberately lit fires in the Amazon are common at this time of year.

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