Brazil sends converted Hercules warplanes to dump water on burning Amazon

Mail Online | 8/25/2019 | William Cole For Mailonline
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Brazilian Hercules warplanes have been sent to dump thousands of gallons of water on the burning forests in the Amazon state of Rondonia, in response to a global outcry over the destruction of the world's largest tropical rain forest.

As of Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro had authorized military operations in seven states to combat raging fires in the Amazon at the request from their local governments, a spokeswoman for his office said.

Video - Defense - Ministry - Plane - Water

A video posted by the Defense Ministry shows a military plane bailing water out of two giant jets as it passed through clouds of smoke close to the forest canopy.

The response comes as leaders of countries in the Group of Seven (G7) nations currently meeting in France expressed grave concerns over the fires.

President - Emmanuel - Macron - Sunday - G7

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said the G7 was nearing a deal to provide 'technical and financial help' to countries affected by the Amazon fires.

Nearly 80,000 fires have been registered across Brazil through August 24, the highest since at least 2013, according to space research agency INPE.

Prime - Minister - Boris - Johnson - Amazon

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised £10 million to be made available immediately to help protect the Amazon rainforest habitats and called on world leaders to step up efforts to save endangered species.

Before a G7 session on the environment on Monday, Mr Johnson said: 'In a week where we have all watched, horrified, as the Amazon rainforest burns before our eyes, we cannot escape the reality of the damage we are inflicting on the natural world.

Planet - Immense - Threats - Climate - Change

'The planet faces two immense threats: Climate change and biodiversity loss. These are two sides of the same coin - it is impossible to solve one challenge without fixing the other.

'We cannot stop climate change without protecting the natural environment and we can't restore global nature without tackling climate change.'

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