Jair Bolsonaro post about my wife's looks 'extremely disrespectful', says Emmanuel Macron

Jair Bolsonaro post about my wife's looks 'extremely disrespectful', says Emmanuel Macron

The country's National Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has recorded that the number of fires has risen by 85% to more than 77,000 in the previous year, a record since the institute began keeping track in 2013.

Almost 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year, a little over half in the massive Amazon basin. According to CNN, this means more than one-and-a-half soccer fields worth of rainforest is being destroyed every minute.

Still, smoke billowed from charred fields and scrub, shrouding the sky.

A burning tract of the Amazon jungle is seen in Canarana, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Monday.

Macron defended the president at the news conference, saying Trump had meetings with other world leaders at the same time, and was in general agreement over the need to fight the wildfires.

The Savanna wildfires pose a threat to the world's second-largest tropical forest, which spans 500 million acres and provides a home to more than 2,000 species of animals and roughly 10,000 species of plants.

Though less publicised than the Amazon, the Congo Basin forests still face dangers.

Global anger and concern has been steadily rising as the blazes have raged because of the rainforest's importance to the environment.

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However, as both government leaders and environmental advocates point out, there are no clear comparisons to be made between the two regions.

Experts say fires in the Amazon are mainly because of climate change and drought whereas in central Africa fires are often seasonal and triggered by traditional slash-and-burn farming methods. It added, "For reference, if the entire Amazon forest was lost, and that carbon was emitted into the atmosphere, it would be the equivalent of up to 140 years of all human-induced carbon emissions".

Brazil's federal police agency announced Sunday that it would investigate reports that farmers in the state of Para, one of those most affected by the blazes, had called for "a day of fire" to ignite fires August 10. "There should have been immediate action to confront the risk of these fires". Less precipitation is expected in parts of the Amazon experiencing the worst fires, she added.

In the past, Bolsonaro has questioned the science behind the idea of climate change. According to local news outlet Globo Rural (and as tweeted by investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald), the group told the federal government in advance of lighting the match, hoping that Bolsonaro's government would forgive the hefty fines that normally accompany environmental crimes. President Jair Bolsonaro has decreased the power and autonomy of forest protection agencies, which he says get in the way of licensing for developing land and accuses of being "fines industries". "And that's what we're suspecting is going on down there".

Who is fighting the fires now?

"The most constructive way to assist w/ Brazil's ongoing efforts is in coordination w/ the Brazilian Gov", National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis tweeted late on Wednesday.

"We will straightaway offer Amazonian countries that signal to us their needs, financial support", Macron had said during the recently concluded G7 summit.

Mr Macron said the funds would be made available immediately - primarily to pay for more firefighting planes - and that France would also "offer concrete support with military in the region".

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