Authorities plan to tackle Amazon fires

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Following the 45th G7 summit in Biarritz, France, that took place on the weekend of the 24 August, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has authorised military operations to tackle the raging wildfires in the Amazon

Fires have long been blazing in the Amazon rainforest, and many believe that deforestation is to blame. After a global uproar that condemned President Bolsonaro's inadequate response to the burning of the vital Amazon rainforest, government authorities around the world are now assessing how they can best provide assistance.

On Sunday, the Defence Ministry shared a video of Brazilian warplanes dumping thousands of gallons of water on the blazes in firefighting efforts over the weekend.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that the G7 countries (comprising the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada) were nearing a deal to provide 'technical and financial help' to countries affected by the Amazon fires. And Colombian President Ivan Duque said he would seek a conservation pact between 'countries that have Amazon territory'. “We must understand the protection of our Mother Earth and our Amazon is a duty, a moral duty,” he said.

This is an update on a previous news story.