France threatens Brazil on trade deal, escalating tensions over Amazon fires

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday the army may be enlisted to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as global condemnation and calls for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis continued to mount.

Some European countries are talking about possibly blocking a free trade deal now under negotiation.

Shadow trade secretary Mr Gardiner said: "While Bolsonaro lets agribusinesses burn the Amazon, this week a UK Government minister has been busy cosying up to the Brazilian President's officials". So where is this dispute headed.

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

The fires have destroyed 7,192 square miles of rainforest in the first seven months of 2019 - doubling the area destroyed just two years ago, according to the institute. He tweeted: "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we can not afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity".

Amnesty International said Brazilian government failures are responsible for fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. "Consider becoming a regular supporter of the Rainforest Alliance's community forestry initiatives across the world's most vulnerable tropical forests, including the Amazon", he wrote. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20 percent of our planet's oxygen - is on fire.

"We urge the governments of the Amazon countries, especially Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations and the global community to take serious measures to save the world's lungs", it said.

Neighboring Paraguay and Bolivia are also battling separate wildfires that have devastated large areas of their rainforests.

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

"We can't stand around waiting for the sky to turn black all the way here in London too", protester Laura Villares House, 33, told BBC Brasil.

When running for president, Bolsonaro made campaign promises to restore the economy by exploring the Amazon's economic potential. Now, environmental organizations say he has encouraged ranchers, farmers, and loggers to exploit and burn the rainforest like never before with a sense of impunity.

The pro-business Bolsonaro has hamstrung Brazil's environmental enforcement agency with budget cuts amounting to $23 million - official data sent to CNN by Observatorio do Clima shows the enforcement agency's operations have fallen since Bolsonaro was sworn in.

Although the image search tool does not reveal when exactly the photograph was taken, McIntyre died in 2003, meaning the image is at least 16 years old.

On the far-reaching effects of blazes, Morton explained: "Fires are directly burning into the Amazon rainforest and that releases the carbon stored in those trees".

United States space agency Nasa, meanwhile, has said that overall fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average compared to the past 15 years. "And that's what we're suspecting is going on down there".

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