The record numbers of fires in the Amazon rainforest has prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to say the issue needs to be at the top of the agenda at the G7 summit this weekend. Macron tweeted “our house is burning”, calling the fires an “international crisis”.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro shot back saying Macron was using the issue for “political gain” and criticised him of having “a misplaced colonialist mindset”.
Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space Research has revealed an 85% increase in fires across Brazil this year, most of them in the Amazon region.
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