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UK NewsAmid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires

19:05  23 august  2019
19:05  23 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Fires in the Amazon have risen 84% amid growing deforestation, Brazil ' s space research agency says. Media captionPresident Bolsonaro accuses NGOs of starting Amazon wildfires. Brazil ' s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.

Brazil is facing growing international criticism over its handling of the Amazon , 60% of which lies in the country. Earlier this month, Norway and Germany suspended funding for projects to curb deforestation in Brazil after becoming alarmed by changes to the way projects were selected under Bolsonaro .

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Stephen Eisenhammer

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may mobilise the army to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international condemnation and pressure mounted for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis.

Having first dismissed the fires as natural, then blaming non-governmental organizations without evidence for lighting them, Bolsonaro struck a more serious note on Friday, saying he would summon top cabinet members to tailor a response.

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Brazil ' s President Jair Bolsonaro . Photograph: ADRIANO MACHADO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of burning spots this year.

Amazon fires map. Brazil has had more than 72,000 fire outbreaks so far this year, an 84 Bolsonaro suggested the fires were started by environmental NGOs to embarrass his government. In Brazil ’ s Amazonas state, heat from forest fires has been above average every day this month

Asked by reporters in Brasilia if he would send in the army, he said: "That is the expectation."

Edson Leal Pujol, head of Brazil's armed forces, said his soldiers were ready to defend the Amazon, though his words also appeared to refer to threats other than the fires.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita

"To the unwary who insist on safeguarding the purposes of the Brazilian Amazon, make no mistake, soldiers will always be alert and vigilant, ready to defend and repel any kind of threat," he said at an event in Brasilia.

Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world's largest rainforest, have surged 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his government lacks the resources to fight the record number of fires in the Amazon . Answering questions from reporters on Thursday, Mr Bolsonaro said the government couldn't simply get the ministry of the interior to send 40 men to fight a fire .

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday said his government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of burning spots this year. Citing Brazil ' s apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, Germany and Norway

Although fires are a regular and natural occurrence during the dry season at this time of year, environmentalists blamed the sharp rise on farmers setting the forest alight to clear land for pasture.

Farmers may have had at least tacit encouragement from the firebrand right-wing president, who took power in January.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he believes Brazil should open up the Amazon to business interests, allowing mining, agricultural and logging companies to exploit its natural resources.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/NASA NASA FILE PHOTO: Fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest are pictured from space

On Thursday, Bolsonaro admitted for the first time that farmers may be behind some of the fires.

The president is set to meet with a team that includes the defence and environment ministers and the foreign minister at 3 p.m. local time (1800 GMT).

As the fires burned, foreign pressure continued to grow. Several hundred activists protested outside the Brazilian embassies in Paris and London on Friday.

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Brazil ’ s President Jair Bolsonaro says his country can’t afford to fight the massive blazes raging across the Amazon rainforest. Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho.REUTERS. Bolsonaro , who was elected last year, has faced criticism for not doing

Brazil ’ s nationalist president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his government lacked the resources to fight and investigate wildfires in the Amazon after satellite Speaking in front of reporters in Brasília, Mr Bolsonaro said the government was investigating the fires and suggested that non-governmental

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany added their voices to an international chorus of concern, with President Emmanuel Macron's office accusing Bolsonaro of lying when he played down concerns over climate change at the G20 summit in June.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/ADRIANO MACHADO FILE PHOTO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the launching ceremony of the real estate credit program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

Macron's office added that, given this context, France would be opposed to https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-brazil-politics-france/france-says-wont-support-mercosur-given-brazil-presidents-climate-comments-idUKKCN1VD19V?il=0 the E.U.-Mercosur farming deal struck earlier this year between the European Union and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/Adriano Machado FILE PHOTO: Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias attends the launching ceremony of a sustainability program by the National Agriculture Confederation (CNA) farmers union in Brasilia

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was "deeply concerned" about the fires and "the impact of the tragic loss of these precious habitats," and would use the summit of G7 leaders this weekend to call for a renewed focus on protecting nature, a spokeswoman said.

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The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, weeks after telling donors he did not need their money. "The Amazon is bigger than Europe, how will you fight criminal fires in such an

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF). SAO PAULO - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of burning spots this year.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/ADRIANO MACHADO FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Army General Edson Leal Pujol attend his swearing-in ceremony for the country's new army commander in Brasilia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Macron also believed the fires should be on the G7 agenda.

Alexandre Antonelli, director of science at Britain’s Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, urged that import sanctions be imposed on Brazil because of the fires.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita

"Immediate action is necessary to extinguish the current fires and prevent future ones," the Brazilian scientist said.

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires © Reuters/CHARLES PLATIAU Youth for Climate demonstrators attend a protest outside the Brazil's embassy in Paris due the wildfires at Amazon rainforest

On Thursday, Bolsonaro responded angrily to what he saw as foreign interference.

"These countries that send money here, they don’t send it out of charity. ... They send it with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty," he said.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia, Eduardo Simoes in Sao Paulo, additional reporting by William James in London and Marine Pennetier in Paris; Writing by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires
Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires
Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires
Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires
Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires
Amid global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro looks to send army to fight Amazon fires

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The leaders of the group of seven nations have agreed to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Monday. “The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” a source told Reuters, confirming the $20 million figure (about £16 million). President Donald Trump was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit, with host Macron explaining that he was busy holding bilateral meetings.

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