President Bolsonaro revives feud with Emmanuel Macron and says the French leader portrays himself as "the only person" who cares about the environment
- Bolsonaro met the Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, in Brasilia, Brazil
- The pair argued after Macron said that Bolsonaro & # 39; lie & # 39; about climate change
- Bolsonaro would not accept the G7 aid package unless Macron apologized
- Brazilian president wants a & # 39; uniform strategy & # 39; with Amazon countries
- There are 83,000 flames documented by the country's space research
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused the French President today of portraying himself as & # 39; the only person & # 39; who is concerned about the environment.
By criticizing French leader Emmanuel Macron, Jair Bolsonaro has expanded a personal dispute that has set aside a £ 16 million pledge from the G7 countries to help protect the Amazon rainforest.
Amazon countries, with the exception of Venezuela, will meet in September & # 39; to devise our own uniform strategy for preserving the environment and also for sustainable exploration in our region & # 39 ;, Bolsonaro said after meeting with the Chilean president Sebastian Pinera in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured left) can meet Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday in the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro accused Macron of portraying himself as the only person concerned with the environment. There will be a meeting of Latin American countries in September to come up with plans to put out the Amazon fires
He also announced that he had accepted four airplanes from Chile to help fight Amazon fires.
According to the Chilean president, countries that are covered by the Amazon have & # 39; sovereignty over the Amazon, and that must always be recognized & # 39 ;.
About 60 percent of the Amazon is in Brazil.
The vast Amazon also includes Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, an overseas region of France.
Allegedly persistent smoke in the Amazon is said to cause elevated respiratory problems – especially in children and the elderly – as fires in the region.
& # 39; The children are the most affected. They cough a lot, & said Elane Diaz, a nurse in the capital Rondonia of Porto Velho.
The Brazilian government has deployed 40,000 soldiers in the Amazon to combat the fires that are raging through the country. On Wednesday a firefighter is working to extinguish a fire in a forest near Porto Velho, Brazil
The fear of health effects is increasing with the increase in fires, with more than 83,000 fires that have been documented by the country's National Space Research Institute since the beginning of the year.
That is an increase of 77 percent compared to the same period last year. About half of the fires occurred in the Amazon, with the most in the last month.
But the problem has been overshadowed by the growing aversion between Brazil and European countries that want to help fight Amazon fires in a region that is considered essential to the health of the planet.
At a summit in France this week, G7 countries pledged $ 20 million for the effort, with a separate £ 10 million from Britain.
Bolsonaro said Wednesday that Brazil is willing & # 39; bilateral & # 39; accept aid offers.
French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured above, accused Bolsonaro of lying & # 39; lying & # 39; about climate change. The Brazilian president said he would not accept the £ 16 million aid package from the fire brigade aircraft unless the French president apologized to him
But the president, who took office this year with a promise to stimulate development in Latin America's largest economy, proposed the offer of international aid to make a plot to exploit Amazon's resources and Brazilian growth to weaken.
He reiterated those complaints at the meeting with the President of Chile and accused Germany and France of purchasing Brazil's sovereignty & # 39 ;.
Macron said that Brazil's sovereignty must be respected, while he and other European leaders say that a global approach is needed to preserve the Amazon.
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