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Brazil Has Sent In Warplanes To Put Out Fires In The Amazon

Brazil Has Sent In Warplanes To Put Out Fires In The Amazon

The Brazilian government has sent converted Hercules warplanes to drop thousands of gallons of water on the burning forests in the Amazon state of Rondonia.

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The move comes after growing public pressure to act over the ongoing destruction of the world's largest tropical rainforest.

According to an official spokesperson, Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro ordered military operations in seven states to fight the flames in the Amazon.

Footage has now been shared by Força Aérea Brasileira (the Brazilian air force) showing a plane dumping water as it passes through a cloud of smoke.

The news comes as leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations meet in France. Over the weekend, French president Emmanuel Macron said the G7 had almost agreed a deal to provide 'technical and financial help' to put out the fires that are devastating the Amazon.

Brazil's president has sent planes to drop water on the raging fires. Credit: PA
Brazil's president has sent planes to drop water on the raging fires. Credit: PA
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There have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon this year, a number that has never been recorded.

British prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged £10m ($12m) to help protect the Amazon rainforest and urged fellow leaders to do their part.

Speaking ahead of a G7 session on the environment, Mr Johnson said: "In a week where we have all watched, horrified, as the Amazon rainforest burns before our eyes, we cannot escape the reality of the damage we are inflicting on the natural world.

"The planet faces two immense threats: climate change and biodiversity loss. These are two sides of the same coin - it is impossible to solve one challenge without fixing the other.

"We cannot stop climate change without protecting the natural environment and we can't restore global nature without tackling climate change."

There have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon this year, a number that has never been recorded. Credit: PA
There have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon this year, a number that has never been recorded. Credit: PA

But it is not just politicians who are looking for an answer to the raging forest fires. An organisation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio has just committed a massive chunk of money to help authorities tackle the many fires currently burning in the forest dubbed 'the world's lungs'.

Earth Alliance has donated $5m ($6m) to the conservation effort, which will go to five local organisations directly involved in combating the collective blaze.

In an Instagram post last week, the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star said: "The lungs of the Earth are in flames.

"The Brazilian Amazon - home to 1 million Indigenous people and 3 million species - has been burning for more than two weeks straight.

"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).

"Scientists and conservationists attribute the accelerating deforestation to President Jair Bolsonaro, who issued an open invitation to loggers and farmers to clear the land after taking office in January.⁣⁣ The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution.

"Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth's warming in check. ⁣⁣The Amazon needs more than our prayers."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Environment, World News, Interesting, Amazon, Brazil

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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